On July 1, Matthew O’Brien began his first day as assistant principal of Goshen High School and K-12 director of health, physical education and athletics. O’Brien will replace Dr. Gregory Voloshin, who was recently named principal of Scotchtown Avenue Elementary School.
O’Brien has been part of the Goshen High School community for the past three years, teaching two years of health and physical education and one year of special education while coaching football, basketball and baseball. As the district’s director of athletics and the high school’s assistant principal, O’Brien will have his hands full but believes that his experiences will allow him to help promote progress and excellence for both athletics and academics.
Although he’ll miss coaching and the classroom, O’Brien is ready and excited for a new set of challenges.
“Growing up, I had meaningful relationships with my teachers and coaches, and I’ve always had a passion for athletics, physical activity and health,” said O’Brien. “I always knew that I wanted to pursue a career in education and athletics, and I’m ready to be challenged in a different way.”
O’Brien is a graduate of Monroe-Woodbury High School and received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Delaware. He also has a master’s degree in special education from City College and administrative certification from Long Island University. He is currently pursuing his doctorate in Educational Leadership from Seton Hall University.
O’Brien is looking forward to helping Goshen’s sports teams stay competitive. He also plans to promote local volunteerism among his coaches and student-athletes in order to establish a larger presence in the community.
“I think it’s important for the kids to give back to the community that supports their education and athletics program,” he said. “It’s not just about winning or losing – it’s also about being humble and appreciative, and setting a good example for younger students who look up to them.”
O’Brien is excited for his new journey, citing the teachers, staff and coaches who he has worked with for the past few years.
“Goshen has some of the hardest working coaches and teachers around,” he said. “I consider myself blessed to work with them and I will support them anyway I can.”
About Matthew O’Brien
- Favorite food: pizza
- Favorite sports team: New York Giants
- Favorite subject in high school: physical education
- Favorite vacation spot: Naples, Florida
- Favorite pastime: spending time with his wife, Dylana, and daughter, Lola