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:
Defensive Line
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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.

Nick Dobler
Position:
Defensive Coordinator
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Dobler is in his fifth season in 2016 at Kilgore College. He started his career at Independence Community College in Kansas and earned his Associate’s Degree. He then transferred to Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Okla., and finished his collegiate career. His senior year, they won the Lone Star North Championship. He graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Health and Human Performance.

Matthew Gregg
Position:
Assistant Coach
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Bio coming soon.

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 Tyler Junior College where he played a major role in orchestrating the nation's No. 1 offense and the nation's No. 1 quarterback/wide receiver duo.

At TJC, he had three wide receivers in the top 10 in the nation and two running backs in the top 15 in the nation. 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. 

Trevekio Roberts
Position:
Offensive Line
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Trevekio Roberts, a native of Anniston, Ala., begins his first season at KC as offensive line assistant coach. Roberts was an offensive line and special teams assistant at Shaw University in Raleigh NC for the 2017-18 season. Prior to his coaching career, Roberts was a two-year letterman for the Bears program during the 2015 and 2016 seasons where he was an offensive lineman under head coach Adrian Jones. He was a member of the Bears football team that won the first ever Raleigh Classic against rival Saint Augustine in 2016. Roberts was voted lineman of the week by his teammates and coaches during that game.Before attending Shaw University, Roberts started his college career at Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Ala., then transferred to Erie Community College in Buffalo, N.Y.  He earned a Bachelor of Science in Recreation Management from Shaw University . Roberts has worked youth football camps with former and previous NFL players Jim Kelly, Buffalo Bills; Buddy Curry, Atlanta Falcons; Kwon Alexander, Tampa Bay Buccaneers; and Troymaine Pope, Houston Texans. 

Dustin Smith
Position:
Running Backs/Tight Ends
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Dustin Smith, a Kilgore native, begins his fifth year in 2016 for KC as an assistant coach. Dustin began his football career as a student athletic trainer for Kilgore High School in 2008 under head trainer Red Ganus. In 2011 Dustin was a student athletic trainer for Trinity Valley Community College in Athens, TX, for their football and basketball teams. In 2011, TVCC's women's basketball team were undefeated national champions. In 2012 Dustin was a coaches assistant at KC under head coach J.J. Eckert. Dustin is now working on his Associate's Degree in Kinesiology.

De'Quann Ruffin
Position:
Assistant Coach
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De'Quann Ruffin enters his first season with the Rangers as an assistant football coach.  Before graduating with his Bachelor's in Kinesiology from Stephen F. Austin State University and Kilgore College with a Associate Degree, the New Orleans native saw action in all 11 games in his first season as a Lumberjack with three starts. He caught 23 passes for 375 yards and four touchdowns on the season.  He also notched a season-best performance with six catches for 98 yards and two touchdowns in the win at 21st-ranked Southeastern Louisiana. In his final five games at SFA, he caught 19-of-23 passes.  Prior to SFA he spent two seasons at Kilgore College where he hauled in 45 passes for 791 yards and three touchdowns. At KC, he caught 18 passes for 381 yards in just three games as a freshman.  He was a two-year letter winner at Summer Creek High School where he was a three-time all-district selection, including first team honoree as a sophomore.  He also helped lead the Bulldogs to an 11-1 record and an undefeated district championship (8-0) as a senior. He was also one of Houston's Top Wide Receivers for class of 2013