Willie Goldsmith Sr. was the driving force in football and track in the 1960’s and 1970’s in the Albuquerque. He coached football, basketball and track at the elementary, junior high, and high school levels for forty-four years winning championships in football, basketball and track. Willie was one of the 8 founders Albuquerque Young America Football League in 1966. He was the first black Head Football Coach in Albuquerque, coaching the Valley Viking in 1977.He sponsored the first and only Boys AAU Track and Field Championship ever in the State of New Mexico in 1977.
He coached the Mighty Supremes Boys Track team that won Albuquerque’s only AAU Boys or Girls National Championship 1977. The 9-Under,10-11,and 12-13 went undefeated three straight years(75-77). This group of young men were the most dominating Team in the history of AAU Track and Field – Boys or Girls.
He was the recipient of the “Service to Mankind Award” by the Sertoma Club of Albuquerque for Unselfish Devotion to the Service of Others in 1977. He was the first Head Football Coach to represent Albuquerque a game in another Country (Chihuahua,Mexico-1978).The Mayor presented him with Honorary Plaque during the half time.
Willie was a standout four-year starter and undoubtedly one of the most versatile players ever at Roosevelt High School Devils Football team, and. Goldsmith, Sr. was named All Conference and All-State as a wide receiver and was a member of the 1959 District Championship team and the 1960 State Championship team. He attended Arkansas A.M. & N College (presently known as University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff) where he played quarterback, defensive back and became a First Team Academic All American.
He was the first African-American head coach of a team to win a 6-A Florida high school state football championship, leading the Miami Northwestern High School “Bulls” in 1995. In 1996, the National Football League honored Goldsmith as one of the top five best high school coaches in the United States. Many of his former players went on to careers in the NFL
In 2012, he was inducted into the Palm Beach County Sports Hall of Fame. In 2014, he was inducted in the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff Hall of Fame. He was the prime mover in establishing a Roosevelt High School Hall of Fame.