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Dustin Goodwin steps down as Chelsea head football coach

Brant Berry | PrepsNet

Chelsea, AL – The Chelsea Hornets are in the market for their 10th head football coach.  Hornets coach Dustin Goodwin is stepping away to accept an assistant coaching position at powerhouse Thompson.  

The Alabaster City School Board officially approved Goodwin as the Thompson Warriors next inside wide receivers coach Monday, March 14th.  

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During his four year tenure at Chelsea the Demopolis native lead the Hornets to a combined 15-27 record including a pair of playoff appearances, and a 9-15 mark in Class 6A Region 5 play.  

Before making the move to Chelsea in 2018, Goodwin spent three seasons at the helm of the 3A Plainview Bears program.  His Plainview squads posted a 21-12 record highlighted by a 9-2 finish and a region title in his final season.  He lead the Bears to three consecutive postseason appearances and a 15-4 run in region play.  

Earlier in his career he served as an assistant at Homewood and Hueytown high schools.   His career head coaching record currently stands at 36-39 with five playoff berths and a region crown over eight seasons. 

Goodwin during Chelea’s 2020 matchup with Shades Valley. Brant Berry | PrepsNet

Goodwin joins Mark Freeman’s nationally ranked Thompson program who claimed their third consecutive AHSAA Class 7A title in 2021.  The Hornets, who were elevated to Class 7A in 2022, will host Thompson in a Region 3 contest September 16th.

Chelsea becomes the fourth Class 7A Region 3 program to enter the head coaching market in 2022.  Hoover, Spain Park and Vestavia Hills will also have fresh faces on the sidelines this fall.  Pelham, the Hornets’ 6A neighbor to the west is also searching for their next head coach. 

He is the son of Hall of Fame Alabama high school football coach Doug Goodwin.