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Springfield, IL 62702

Head Coach - Don Goff

Head Coach - Don Goff

Mr. Goff is married to Mrs. Melissa Goff (LHS Class of 1989) and has 2 children: Son, Joshua Goff (wife Zhane) resides in Rochelle, IL and Daughter, Alyssa Goff is a student and athlete at SIUE.

Mr. Goff attended Lanphier High School from Fall of 1984 and graduated in the Spring of 1988.  Mr. Goff was an honor student (NHS) and played football and wrestled at Lanphier.  Mr. Goff was greatly influenced by Jim Gardner, Ray Bruzan, Nicole Lorton, and many others to go to college.  Mr. Goff was the first in his family to go to college and earned his B.S. in Chemistry (ACS) from UIS (formerly Sangamon State University).  Mr. Goff also completed the Teacher Education Program to become a teacher.

Mr. Goff began his teaching career at Sacred Heart-Griffin in Springfield, IL in the fall of 1992.  He taught Chemistry and Physical Science for 1 year.

Mr. Goff came to Lanphier to serve with his mentor, Ray Bruzan, in the fall of 1993.  He was very grateful to Mr. Flamini for giving him the opportunity to teach at his alma mater.  Mr. Goff taught Chemistry at Lanphier through the spring of 2009.

Mr. Goff began his coaching career as an assistant under Head Coach John Oaks at Lanphier from 1993 (the first year of the CS8) until 1998 when Coach Oaks moved to administration in Chatham.  Coach Goff then served as the Defensive Coordinator under Head Coaches Jim Cozzolino (1999) and Robert Bagby (2000 & 2001) before becoming the Head Coach in 2002.  Coach Goff served as the Head Coach through the 2007 season, qualifying for the play-offs in 2004.  The highlights included 5 State Playoff births as an assistant and 1 Playoff birth as the Head Coach. 

Coach Goff also served as an Assistant Wrestling Coach under Coach Gary Stover for 4 years at Lanphier which allowed him to serve alongside of his mentor Jim Gardner.

Coach Goff resigned from Lanphier Football after the 2007 Season to become an Assistant Coach at Sacred Heart-Griffin under Head Coach Ken Leonard from 2008 thru the 2010 Season.  This was highlighted by the 2008 6A State Championship. 

Mr. Goff moved his teaching career from Lanphier to Springfield High in the fall of 2008.  Mr. Goff taught Chemistry and AP Chemistry at Springfield High through the spring of 2018.

Coach Goff served as the Defensive Coordinator at Springfield HS under Head Coach Mike Taylor in 2011 and Head Coach RJ Luke in 2012 before moving to the offensive side in 2013.  This was highlighted by 2 Playoff births in 2011 and 2012.  

Coach Goff then served as the Defensive Coordinator under Head Coach Brody Walworth at Pleasant Plains HS from 2014 thru the 2016 Season.   Mr. Goff was still teaching Chemistry at Springfield High during this coaching stint.

In the Fall of 2017, Coach Goff returned to Lanphier to serve as the Head Coach until the present.  In the Fall of 2018 Mr. Goff returned from Springfield High to Lanphier as a teacher as well.

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