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Lanier Goethie
Assistant Coach/Linebackers
Coach Info:
Position: Assistant Coach/Linebackers
Alma Mater: Ole Miss '03
Phone: (919) 684-2635

Lanier Goethie joined the Duke staff in February of 2018 and serves as an assistant coach mentoring the linebackers. 

During his first year in Durham, Goethie helped lead a pair of linebackers to All-ACC accolades in Joe Giles-Harris (first team) and Ben Humphreys (honorable mention). Giles-Harris, a first team selection in 2017, became Duke’s first linebacker with two first team All-ACC honors since Mike Junkin in 1985 and 1986.

Giles-Harris, who booked 81 tackles, 7.0 tackles for lost yardage, 1.0 sack, two pass breakups and two quarterback pressures in nine games during the 2018 season, became the 20th Blue Devil to reach 300 career tackles. He went on to represent Duke at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis and signed a free agent contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Humphreys was named a 2018 finalist for the Ninth Annual National College Football Award, presented by the Pop Warner Little Scholars. The award was established in 2010 to recognize a graduating senior who has made a difference on the field, in the classroom and in his community and serves as a role model to Pop Warner’s young student athletes. Humphreys, a Newport Beach, Calif., native was also a finalist for the Lott IMPACT Trophy. The qualities embodied by the award are Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community and Tenacity.

Facing Temple in the Walk-On’s Independence Bowl, Goethie was without Giles-Harris and Humphreys due to injuries and prepared Brandon Hill and Koby Quansah to start in the contest. Hill finished with six tackles and Quansah five with 1.0 for lost yardage as the Blue Devils claimed their third consecutive bowl victory. 

Goethie, who lettered four seasons as a linebacker at Ole Miss under David Cutcliffe, joined the Blue Devils after spending the previous two seasons at Louisiana Tech.  With the Bulldogs, he coached the linebackers and helped Louisiana Tech to a two-year ledger of 16-11, an appearance in the 2016 Conference USA championship game and consecutive bowl victories over Navy (48-45 in the 2016 Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl) and SMU (51-10 in the 2017 DXL Frisco Bowl).

From 2012-15, Goethie worked on the staff at Delta State [Miss.] University, coaching the linebackers while serving as the program’s recruiting coordinator.  In 2014, the Statesmen posted a NCAA Division II-high 119 tackles for loss as three of Goethie’s pupils ranked among the Gulf Coast League’s top five for tackles behind the line of scrimmage.  Delta State had two linebackers – Wilson Curtis and Rory Island – earn All-Gulf Coast League honors during Goethie’s tenure.

Prior to his stint at Delta State, Goethie spent the 2011 season coaching the outside linebackers while serving as the recruiting coordinator at North Greenville [S.C.] University, where he helped the Crusaders to 11 victories and the first NCAA Division II playoff berth in program history. 

Goethie got his start in the coaching ranks as a graduate assistant coach at Ole Miss, working primarily with the defense during the 2009 and 2010 seasons.  In 2009, Ole Miss posted a 9-4 overall record including a 21-7 victory over Oklahoma State in the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic.  Prior to shifting into a coaching capacity, Goethie worked as an academic counselor in Office of Student-Athlete Academic Support at Ole Miss from 2007-08. 

A native of Baxley, Ga., Goethie played four seasons (1999-00-01-02) at Ole Miss, totaling 178 tackles while serving as a team captain his senior season.  He helped Ole Miss to 29 wins over four years with three bowl game appearances including two victories in the Independence Bowl over Oklahoma (1999) and Nebraska (2002) and, in 2002, received the prestigious Chucky Mullins Courage Award, an honor presented annually to the defensive player who exudes excellence on the field, in the classroom and in the community.

Goethie, who graduated from Ole Miss in 2003 with a degree in marketing and later earned a master’s degree from the institution in higher education administration, is married to the former Keonna Starks.