A two-time Mid-South Conference Coach of Character recipient, the 2018 season will mark the 20th overall year as head coach of the men’s soccer team at Shawnee State for Ron Goodson. He became a head coach in 1996, after being an assistant coach the previous two years. After one year at Shawnee State, he accepted a teaching position at Clay Local Schools and coached soccer at the high school level for three years. Following three years at the high school level he returned to Shawnee State in February of 2000 and has been the men's soccer coach since.
During his career, Goodson has coached 53 all-conference players, including a record seven different individuals to All-MSC accolades following the 2010 season. In all, 33 student-athletes have earned scholar-athlete honors at the conference level while 20 players have been named NAIA Scholar-Athletes during his watch. Goodson’s squad saw a program-record eight different individuals named to the Mid-South Conference All-Academic Team in 2013, a number that was matched again in the following year. As a whole, the men's soccer has had at least one NAIA Scholar-Athlete for the past eight years.
The 2016 campaign saw Goodson's team finish 5-12-1 and 2-4-1 in the Mid-South Conference. Some highlights of the season included a hard-fought 4-2 victory over league rivals Pikeville, and a season sweep of Ohio Christian that included a 3-1 home win and a 3-2 win in overtime in Circleville. 2016 saw the emergence of Bryce Romanello as a goal scoring threat, which earned him second team All-Mid-South Conference honors, along with teammate Caspar Nolte.
Coach Goodson played soccer for the University of Rio Grande for the 1987 and 1988 seasons where he scored 28 goals and was named to the All-Conference team and was named team MVP. After two years at Rio Grande, Goodson joined the U.S. Army where he played soccer for an Army team in Germany from 1989-91. He then returned to Shawnee State University where he graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Social Science and Elementary Education. As a player on the Shawnee State team, Goodson was a team captain and scored 16 goals over two years which gave him 44 goals for his college career.
As a player at Minford High School, Goodson scored 47 goals as a senior and tallied 117 career goals, both still records among Scioto County High Schools.
Coach Goodson has taught at Clay Local Schools for the past 22 years.
He resides in Flatwoods, Kentucky with his wife Anita. He has two sons, Brandon and Justin, and a daughter, Brooke. He also has four grandchildren.