Former NFL player Goodwin hitting stride at College of Idaho

Former NFL player D'Andre Goodwin is the wide receivers coach at College of Idaho.

D'Andre Goodwin has been around football for years, yet this season he finds himself in a new position.

Assistant coach.

"I never even heard of Caldwell before I got here but it's a diamond in the rough," Goodwin said.

Goodwin is in his first year as College of Idaho's wide receivers coach. The former receiver played at the University of Washington from 2007-2010, where he played in 49 games, catching 124 balls and five touchdowns.

After Washington, Goodwin spent time in the NFL with the Denver Broncos.

He then went back to Washington as a graduate assistant before landing his first coaching gig in football.

"I thought it was a great opportunity," he said. "(The team) has a great fan base. I am truly honored to have a great group to work with. It's a great place to launch my career."

Goodwin was a graduate assistant at Washington for three seasons, the last two being under former Boise State head coach Chris Petersen.

Petersen and College of Idaho head coach Mike Moroski both played at UC-Davis.

"Coach Pete actually called me about D'Andre," Moroski said. "He had another job and he took a pay cut to come here."

"They both believe in integrity and running things the right way," Goodwin said. "And that's what I am all about and figured he would be a great guy to learn from."

With coaching in his future, Goodwin is perfectly fine to see his playing days behind him.

"I don't miss them at all," he said. "I'd rather watch these guys and help these guys be great players. I'm done. I am sticking to the coaching now."

College of Idaho (2-1) hosts Rocky Mountain on Saturday at 1 p.m.