The Wolverine

December 2022

The Wolverine: Covering University of Michigan Football and Sports

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60 THE WOLVERINE DECEMBER 2022   WHERE ARE THEY NOW? a great coach and has done a great job everywhere he's been." Goodwin and Harbaugh have been in touch a lot lately. After all, Goodwin's oldest son, Channing, is a three-star wide receiver in the 2024 recruiting class and a top priority for the Wolverines next cycle. Jonathan has been on multiple visits to Michigan with Channing and has shared his knowledge about the program and recruiting process. "Obviously, I've talked to him about the alumni network and the brother- hood," Goodwin said. "I've talked to him about past football players and how close we all are. I just let him know about my experience, and my experi- ence at Michigan was all good. I enjoyed my time there. I enjoyed my teammates. I enjoyed going to school there. I try to be as upfront about it as possible." Both Harbaugh and wide receivers coach Ron Bellamy, who played with Jonathan during his time at Michigan, have been leading the charge in Chan- ning's recruitment. Those bonds are obviously going a long way for the Wol- verines. "It's positive when he gets recruited by people you know," Goodwin said. "You feel like you'll get the honest truth on how they feel. That's definitely an advantage. It's another thing that makes you realize you're getting older when your younger teammate is recruiting your son to your alma mater [laughs]. Ron has been great. Coach Harbaugh has been great. [On-campus recruiting director] Christina DeRuyter has been great as well. It's definitely been a posi- tive experience with Michigan so far." Michigan is considered the team to beat early on. However, Channing also holds offers from Kentucky, Louisville, Maryland, Missouri, NC State, Pitt, South Carolina and several other pro- grams. Jonathan wants to make sure Chan- ning does his due diligence when it comes to his recruitment, but the whole process will have to take a back seat this month. That's because both Jonathan and Channing are in the middle of a playoff run. Jonathan is an assistant coach at Charlotte (N.C.) Providence Day, which is home to Channing, as well as his younger brother, Jace. Jonathan works closely with the offensive line and gets to spend time with his sons while being around the game he loves. "Coaching has been fun," Goodwin said. "I get to scratch my competitive itch by coaching and being involved with the team. At the same time, I get to see my boys play up close and personal. The good thing is Channing doesn't play the position I coach, so he can have his space, and I can see him play at the same time." Away from football, Jonathan owns a salon suite franchise, IMAGE Studios. The business allows him to keep looking his best and continue to be a part of the most important thing in his life — his family. "I came across a franchise consultant who was actually a Michigan graduate," Goodwin said. "He told me about that franchise, and we looked into it. We ended up loving the idea, and we went from there. It's been great because it doesn't pull me away too much from family. When I was player, and I came home, I didn't really want to do much. "Once football was over, I spent a lot of time coaching my kids and being around them. In a lot of ways, I became a stay-at-home dad. I have four kids, so I'm just trying to enjoy my family. Time flies, and I want to make sure I can enjoy the moments with them." ❏ Goodwin serves as an assistant coach at Charlotte (N.C.) Providence Day School, where his son Channing is a three-star wide receiver recruit in the 2024 recruiting class. PHOTO BY EJ HOLLAND The Jonathan Goodwin File Michigan Accomplishments: Associated Press second-team All-American, Orange Bowl champion, fifth-round NFL Draft pick. Professional Accomplishments: 13 years in the NFL, Super Bowl champion, Pro Bowl selection. Michigan Memory: Winning the Orange Bowl. Favorite Spot In Ann Arbor: The Big House. Education: B.A., sports management and communication. Family: Jonathan and his wife, Alnessa ("Niecey"), have three sons — Channing, Jace and Kade — and a daughter, Zailey. Together, they are owners of an IMAGE Studios salon suite franchise.

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