SC State’s Goodwin to Join Hall of Fame

Monday, May 14, 2018

Sam GoodwinORANGEBURG, S.C. – Former SC State football and basketball standout, Sam “Herc” Goodwin, will be among seven individuals inducted into the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame (SCAHOF) during a special enshrinement ceremony Monday, May 14, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. The event will be preceded by a 5:30 p.m. reception.

Goodwin, a Columbia native, will join 13 other SC State players and coaches in the prestigious hall, which honors persons who, through outstanding achievement or service, have made lasting contributions to the cause of sports in South Carolina, the nation, and the entire world.

Joining him in the 2018 Class will be former UConn and NBA standout Ray Allen; Casey Manning, the first African American to play basketball at the University of South Carolina (USC) who is now a circuit court judge; Sammie Henson, a former Clemson wrestler; Drew Meyer, a former All-American pitcher at USC; Kenny Washington, a two-time NCAA basketball champion at UCLA; and Kathleen Wilson, a former marathon swimmer of James Island, South Carolina.

Sam GoodwinGoodwin was a defensive lineman and offensive guard during his playing days (1961-65) at SC State, and also starred on the Bulldog basketball team. He was an All-SIAC performer three times, the Bulldogs’ most valuable lineman three seasons, garnered MVP honors four times, and earned Pittsburgh Courier All-American accolades as a senior.

He was inducted into the SC State Athletic Hall of Fame in 1998 and was named to the school’s Centennial (2907-2007) Football Team in 2007. He was inducted into the SIAC Athletic Hall of Fame in 2014.

After his playing days at SC State, Goodwin enjoyed a coaching career that began in the high school ranks and included stops at three colleges – SC State, Wichita State and USC.

In 1983, he founded Stedfast Christian Center in Columbia, where he still serves as pastor.