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HICKORY, NC (AP) — The last coach to lead Duke to a bowl game is calling it a career after 45 seasons.

Fred Goldsmith announced his retirement Tuesday. He had been coaching at Lenoir-Rhyne for four years, going 17-27 and leading the Division II Bears to a 7-4 record in 2010.

Goldsmith coached at Rice from 1989-93 before beginning a five-year stint with the Blue Devils in 1994. He was the Atlantic Coast Conference’s coach of the year that season and took Duke to the Hall of Fame Bowl – one of only two bowl games for the Blue Devils since 1961.

Lenoir-Rhyne president Wayne Powell called Goldsmith “a winner on the field and off.”

The school promoted defensive coordinator Mike Houston to acting head coach.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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