NATCHITOCHES, La. (AP) _ Northwestern State football coach Sam Goodwin retired on Tuesday to become athletic director at his alma mater, Henderson State.

Goodwin, who won more games than any other coach in school and Southland Conference history, was 102-88-3 in 17 seasons. His teams went 49-33-2 in the Southland since Northwestern joined in 1987.

Goodwin, 56, will take over at Henderson State on July 1, succeeding the retiring Ken Turner.

Northwestern State won the Gulf Star Conference championship in 1984, and the Southland in 1988, `97, `98 _ and Goodwin guided the Demons to three Division I-AA playoff appearances.

In 1998, Northwestern reached the semifinal round of the I-AA playoffs, and tied the school record with 11 wins.

Goodwin was known as the dean of Louisiana college football coaches. During his 17 seasons, 38 men have coached at the other nine football-playing colleges in the state.

Goodwin was an All-American offensive guard and a three-time Arkansas Intercollegiate Conference discus champion during his career at Henderson. His wife, Janet, was a cheerleader there.