Stephens named Goshen football coach

Goshen will begin a new decade of football with a new head coach and familiar name.

John Stephens, a 2010 Goshen graduate and former running back and linebacker, will take over for Ed Killenberger, who stepped down after eight seasons and five straight Section 9 Class A playoff appearances.

Stephens, 28, was Goshen’s junior varsity assistant coach last season. He guided Liberty to a Section 9 Class B playoff berth in his only season as a head coach in 2017. Stephens started his coaching career as Cornwall varsity assistant in 2014 following a four-year career at SUNY Cortland.

“It’s an unique opportunity for someone my age to get,” Stephens said. “I’m thankful for all the past experiences that I’ve had with other coaching staffs. My mentors from multiple other districts helped me and helped me grow with coaching so soon in my career.”

Goshen has finished 6-2 and made the Section 9 Class A semifinals the past two seasons.

Killenberger’s decision was family-related. He wanted to watch his son, Kyle, a standout running back, play his senior season for Minisink Valley.

“I think he’s a good coach,” Goshen junior running back/linebacker Gabe Terrett said of Stephens. “He’s going do great things for our program. He has us working out all of the time. I love Coach K (Killenberger). I still do. He’s a great coach. He wanted to move on and coach Stephens seems like a good choice.”

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