Nick Goins is in his sixth year with the Tigers serving as linebackers coach. Goins came to Hampden-Sydney from North Carolina Wesleyan where he most recently served as interim head coach. Goins brings a wealth of experience both at the coaching ranks and as a former player.
Last season, the linebackers had another All-ODAC selection, and the fifth First Team honoree under Goins in Griffin Davis.
In 2016, Goins had an All-ODAC selection for the fourth straight year as Bender Vaught was named to the Second Team.
In 2015, Goins coached two All-ODAC picks for the third consecutive season with Nick Martin being named to the First Team and Jay Brooks to the Third team. His linebacking core also helped the Tigers lead the ODAC in both scoring (23.5 ppg) and total (366.5 ypg) defense.
In 2014, Goins produced two All-ODAC honorees for the second straight season with Josh Doggett earning First Team honors and Robert Stack Second Team. His unit also helped the Tiger defense be in the top half of the conference in total defense.
In his first season with the Tigers, Goins coached two First Team All-ODAC linebackers and the 2013 ODAC Defensive Player of the Year in Tyler Ikwild. His unit helped the Tiger defense lead the ODAC in total defense.
Prior to his stint as interim head coach, Goins spent five years on the Bishops’ sidelines as linebacker coach from 2008-2010 and as defensive coordinator from 2010-2012. He also served as recruiting coordinator while helping North Carolina Wesleyan to back-to-back USA South Championships in 2009 and 2010. As defensive coordinator, Goins’ Bishops saw great success leading the NCAA in tackles-for-loss in 2010 (11.3 per-game) while setting 12 school records. He also coached two league Defensive Players of the Year and the league’s Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2010.
Goins also coached linebackers at Wesley from 2006-2008 and helped the Wolverines to a 24-3 overall record over those two seasons while securing a spot in the Division III National Semifinals. From 2004-2006, he was the linebacker coach, run game coordinator, and defensive coordinator of the junior varsity team at Franklin College in Franklin, Indiana. Goins got his start in coaching at his alma mater, Hanover College, serving as linebackers coach from 2001-04. During that span, the Panthers posted a 23-9 overall record with two Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships and two NCAA postseason appearances.
Goins graduated from Hanover in 2001 with a degree in Spanish. A three-year letter winner, Goins helped Hanover win three HCAC Championships with three NCAA Playoff appearances as a linebacker. As a senior, he earned All-HCAC Honors while leading the team and finishing third in the conference in total tackles. His four year record of 37 wins as a player is the most of any class in Hanover football history.
Goins resides in Farmville with his wife Brooke and their sons William and Nolan.