Welcome Back Gladiators: A letter from Athletics Director Matt O’Brien

Welcome back Gladiator Nation!

As we conclude another summer and gear up for another fall season, I would like to welcome back all our staff, coaches, parents, booster clubs, alumni and, especially, our student-athletes, for what may well be the most exciting, most anticipated fall season in the history of Goshen Athletics.

As construction on the new athletic facility comes to a close, Goshen is now home to one of the finest athletic facilities in Orange County. This community should be proud of that. I am certain you will be impressed once you have the opportunity to see the two new multi-purpose artificial turf fields, track, Daktronics video board, grandstands and field house, complete with locker rooms, a training room, storage rooms, bathrooms and concession stand.

In my opinion, Goshen is also home to some of the finest coaches in Orange County. We are thrilled to welcome new coaches to our Gladiator family: Alyssa Kelly and Jeffrey Snipe (volleyball); Leslie Ahlborn, Kelsey Malles, and Kelly McGoldrick (girls soccer); Brian Johnson (girls tennis); and John Stephens (football). I have no doubt the newest members of our staff together with  mainstays like coaches Mike Kelly, Ed Killenberger, Kyle Lewis, Kenny Soroka, Kyle Lewis, Rich Furst, and Joe Manaseri, put us in a great position to compete, win, and add more championships to our collection.

The completion of construction projects over the summer months was not without challenges. Such a massive undertaking requires a tremendous amount of support, leadership, and guidance. For that we owe a huge thanks to the Board of Education, our district superintendent, and assistant superintendents. I also must thank our coaches and staff members for being flexible and adaptable in the face of such an intrepid project. Moreover, this achievement would not have been possible without all of you—the residents of this great community.

As I often say, “it’s great to be a Gladiator,” and perhaps that phrase has never been truer than it is right now. To celebrate this momentous occasion in our history, GCSD will hold a grand opening ceremony and community celebration on Saturday, Sept. 7, starting at 12 p.m. Community members are invited to walk through our new facilities, attend the ceremonial ribbon-cutting of our new facility, enjoy a tailgate party on campus featuring music, food, and activities, and cheer on the Gladiators in our first-ever football game under the lights.

To say it is a pleasure to serve this community would be an understatement. As always, go, Gladiators!


Matt O’Brien
Director of Athletics