July 29, 2014
Over nearly a century, Max Goldsmith left some of his legacies throughout Texas high school football and track, the University of North Texas, the UIL, Texas and Texas A&M college track programs and even the geographic landscape of Lewisville itself.
Goldsmith’s life was celebrated at the Lewisville First Baptist Church by many who knew the 91-year-old _ lifetime track star, 1940 Lewisville HS graduate, World War II veteran, former Lewisville ISD athletic director and avid golfer who died last week. Former Lewisville ISD superintendent Clayton Downing related stories of Goldsmith’s leadership and patience in swaying a frustrated junior varsity coach to keep plugging away into a career which propelled Downing into an eventual chairman of the UIL executive committee in addition to overseeing the LISD growth into five high schools.
Former Lewisville quarterback Joe Martin, Texas High School Coaches Association assistant executive director, and THSCA executive director D.W. Rutledge were among the many coaches at the memorial service along with Ronnie Gage and Brian Brazil, who each have led LISD schools to state football title. Among the many from Andrews was Mickey Matthews, who guided James Madison University in Virginia to the 2004 Division I-AA football championship.
Goldsmith grew up on a Lewisville farm which eventually has been developed into Vista Ridge Mall. The LISD named Max Goldsmith Stadium in his honor nearly 30 years and, until the last few years, Goldsmith was a regular at LISD athletic events. Goldsmith and the late Neal Wilson (former LISD AD) were widely known at Texas Stadium playoff games where their pressbox conversations would be a combination of Will Rogers humor and Troy Aikman-like analysis.
Goldsmith won five state track titles at Andrews in West Texas and impacted track nationally. One of his former track standouts, Ted Nelson, became a long-time track coach at Texas A&M. Nelson and former UT coach James Blackwood were both at the memorial.
Known for his meticulous detail, Goldsmith became a specialist in many fields. He was successful as a track coach for his all-around knowledge of every event, his ability to teach mental preparation and his understanding of conditioning cycles to be prepared for specific days. He was a talented runner in high school, at North Texas and later became a Dallas Masters Track Club sprinter into his 70s.
Well done, Max Goldsmith (April 14, 1923 – July 24, 2014)