Ranger Football

Coaches

Willie Gooden
Position:
Head Coach
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Gooden, a native of Hempstead (TX), was announced in January of 2019 as the Rangers' 16th head coach.  Gooden takes over for J.J. Eckert who accepted the head coaching position at Northeastern State University (NSU) in Tahlequah, Okla.  Gooden is in his 12th season as a coach for KC.  In 2005, he graduated from NSU and became a graduate assistant defensive line coach. From 2006-18, he was an assistant coach for the Rangers. Gooden was a walkon player at KC, but quickly earned a starting position and was honored as All-Conference in 2000-01. He was also a member of the undefeated 2001 Ranger team.

Keith Browning
Position:
Associate Head Coach
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Keith Browning, who has had a great deal of success coaching at the two-year level, begins his third season in 2016 at Kilgore College as defensive line coach. He was running backs coach at Butler Community College for three seasons. Under Browning, the Grizzlies had two running backs, Ty Suggs and Riley Oharah, who were named to the All-Conference team in 2013. Browning spent his first season at Butler coaching tight ends in 2012, as he tutored Eric Ostgren, who was a First-Team All-Jayhawk Conference selection at tight end. Before Butler, he coached at Blinn College where he coached three eventual NFL players and was the position coach for an NJCAA All-American in six of his seven seasons with the program. Browning coached running backs in 2005 and 2006 and was the team’s defensive line coach from 2007 through 2011. Browning helped lead Blinn to five bowl game appearances and two national championships (2006 and 2009). Originally from Houston, Browning played football at South Houston High School. After graduating, he attended Howard Payne University in Brownwood, Texas. While there, he was a two-team all-conference selection was named the conference defensive lineman of the year in 2001. Browning went on to graduate with a degree in business.

Peter Hopkins
Position:
Offensive Coordinator
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Peter Hopkins is in his first season as offensive coordinator at Kilgore College.  A native of Crockett (TX), he is a graduate of Crockett High School and earned a bachelor's degree from Sam Houston State University.

He began his coaching career at his alma mater, Tyler Junior College, coaching the running backs. After his stint at TJC, Hopkins began coaching at Louisiana Tech University where he was part of the Tech football staff that won the CUSA-West Division, Heart of Dallas Bowl.

At Louisiana Tech, he coached several all-conference players and All-Americans.  During his tenure at Louisiana Tech, he coached the running backs, H-backs and tight ends. Hopkins' backfield led the conference in rushing with one of his players, Kenneth Dixon, setting the all-time NCAA scoring record. 

After Louisiana Tech, he joined the Texas high school ranks in the greater Houston area where he coached at Klein Oak, La Marque and Aldine Davis.  Coaching in the Houston area, his teams always made the playoffs and he was once recognized as Coach of the Year. 

During his time coaching in high school, he has helped send more than 50 student athletes to college to play at the next level. 

Coach Hopkins is also a director of the I-45 Football Clinic, one of the fastest-growing football coaches clinics in this region based out of Houston.

He understands that education is a continuum and seeks as many educational experiences as he can. Through this process, he has earned two master's degrees, a Master's of Education in Health, Kinesiology and Education; and a Master's of Science in Sports Administration.

His positive demeanor and work ethic mirrors precisely what all his counterparts strive to achieve to build genuine relationships and provide assistance to those in need to achieve their personal best. 

Antonio Baker
Position:
Assistant Coach
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A native of Amite, La., Baker is in his first season on the Kilgore College coaching staff. Baker coaches the team’s Linebackers. He came to Kilgore after spending the past two seasons at East Central Community College.

Baker coached the safeties and linebackers during his time at East Central.  He began his coaching career at Jonesboro-Hodge High School in Louisiana coaching defensive backs before embarking on a college coaching career.

Baker is passionate about student-athletes' success as he coaches to bring out the best in his players and and also for them to compete at a high level. A graduate of Louisiana Tech University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, Baker was a member of the football team as a defensive back, where he was a two-time All-Western Athletic Conference performer and a two-time team captain.

Baker helped Louisiana Tech to a 2008 AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl victory.

He compiled more than 300 tackles and 10 interceptions as a player at Louisiana Tech.

Baker has professional experience playing football with the Houston Texans in 2011. He also has a daughter, Carly Baker.

James Bowery
Position:
Assistant Coach
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