Fearful of losing coach, Demopolis officials hike Goodwin’s salary

Published 12:00 am Thursday, January 15, 2004

Tuesday night the Demopolis City Board of Education unanimously agreed to give Demopolis High School Head Football Coach, Doug Goodwin a $500 a month raise effective immediately, boosting his salary from $59-thousand a year to around $65-thousand per year.

According to Demopolis City Schools Superintendent Dr. Wesley Hill, this gracious gift comes on consideration of Goodwin’s four years of hard work while at DHS, which has produced two appearances in the 4A state semi-finals round of the playoffs and two regional championships.

“He has never had a salary allocation since coming to Demopolis and we felt that it was time he received more than just a pat on the back for his hard work,” Hill said.

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But this is not just about a job well done. Dr. Hill knows that a good high school football coach in the state of Alabama doesn’t stay in one place too long. And after having two back-to-back 13-1 seasons, the phones are sure to be ringing off the hook with job offers.

“We know that Goodwin has had offers from other schools. Coaches like him are in high demand. And yes, we hope that this raise in pay will entice him to stay in Demopolis.

We had discussed the possibilities of making allocations to his salary long before and were preparing to do so this year. But timing on the matter was a motivational aspect,” Hill said.

And Goodwin is very appreciative of the offer. “They (Demopolis School Board of Education) were very complementary of the job we had done this year. And I am very appreciative of their support and kind words,” Goodwin said.

As far as to what offers Goodwin has received, Dr. Hill did not comment. But he hopes that Goodwin will decide to stick around and lead the Tigers to their first state championship.

“We want him here and hopefully he want to stay here,” Hill said.