Na'Shan Goddard
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Na'Shan Goddard

Na'Shan Goddard joined the Newberry College coaching staff as the offensive line coach in the spring of 2016.

Goddard's first season in Newberry was marked by the Wolves' third SAC championship in program history and a berth in the NCAA Division II Football Championship. Goddard's unit was instrumental to the team establishing new school records for scoring (436 points), passing yards (3,536), completions (287), passing touchdowns (30), completion percentage (67.8), total offense (5,462 yards), all-purpose yards (6,496), and total touchdowns (61).

Bobby McNeil was an Honorable Mention All-American and was a second team all-region selection alongside Tyler Stasky. The duo also earned first team all-SAC recognition, while Dakota Mozingo earned second team recognition from the league's coaches. 

The offensive line combined to allow just 20 sacks on 423 pass attempts in 2016 and paved the way for quarterback Raleigh Yeldell to set Newberry's single-season total offense record with 3,418 yards, the eighth-highest total in SAC history.

Goddard's unit followed up that exceptional season with another strong showing in 2017, led by senior center Dakota Mozingo. Mozingo was selected first team all-Super Region 2, all-South Atlantic Conference, and all-Eastern College Athletic Conference. He was also named the SAC Scholar-Athlete, given to the top-performing student-athlete in the conference in academics, athletics, and community service and leadership. Prior to the season, he was named a national semifinalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy, given to the nation's top scholar-athlete regardless of NCAA classification, and was a candidate for the Gene Upshaw Award.

Sophomore Tyler Anderson was named second team all-SAC, making the offensive line one of two Newberry position groupings with multiple all-conference honorees in 2017. The unit helped protect a pair of quarterbacks that accumulated over 1,000 yards of total offense each and paved the way for a balanced offense that gained 52 percent of its yards through the air and 48 percent on the ground.

Additionally, senior Sam Hall earned First Team Academic All-America honors from the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), becoming the first Newberry student-athlete to ever garner two First Team awards from the organization.

Goddard excelled at South Carolina under head coaches Lou Holtz and Steve Spurrier from 2001-05, earning SEC All-Freshman and Freshman All-America honors in 2002. He was also named preseason all-SEC in 2005. He played center, guard and tackle during his years with the Gamecocks. Current Newberry tight ends coach C.J. Frye coached Goddard as a South Carolina graduate assistant in 2004 and 2005. The pair also played together for the Gamecocks in 2001 and 2002.

When his collegiate career ended, Goddard signed as an undrafted free agent with the New York Giants. He was there for three years, then had a brief stint with the New York Jets before being traded back to the Giants. He later played with Seattle and closed out his NFL career with the New Orleans Saints. He earned Super Bowl rings with the Giants in 2008 and the Saints in 2010.

Goddard also played professionally with the Calgary Stampeders in the Canadian Football League and the Florida Tuskers and Virginia Destroyers of the United Football League. 

Goddard retired from pro football following the 2014 CFL season and lives in Columbia with his wife, Stacy, and two sons, Sean and Naiden.