Coaches & Staff
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, who has had a great deal of success coaching at the two-year level, will begin his 6th season at Kilgore College as the Associate Head Coach, Defensive Line Coach and Strength and Conditioning Coordinator. During his tenure at Kilgore, the team has won three SWJCFC Conference Championships and two Region 14 Championships along with multiple NJCAA All-Conference selections including four NJCAA All-American selections on the defensive line. Browning also helped guide Dequinton Osborne to SWJCFC Defensive Player of the Year in 2015 and SWJCFC Conference MVP Sedrick Williams in 2019. Browning began his coaching career at Blinn College (Brenham, TX) where he coached three eventual NFL players and also had an NJCAA All-American selection in six of his seven seasons with the program Including SWJCFC Defensive Player of the Year Jarred Price (DE) in 2008. Browning coached running backs in 2005 and 2006 and was the team’s defensive line coach from 2007 through 2011 and also was in charge of strength and conditioning. Browning helped lead Blinn to five bowl game appearances and won two national championships in the Pilgrims Pride Bowl in 2006 and in the Citizen’s Bank Bowl in 2009 led by QB Cam Newton. After Blinn College, he was running backs coach and tight ends coach at Butler Community College for two seasons which included two Jayhawk Conference Championships and another appearance in the NJCAA National Championship game in the Graphics Edge Bowl in 2012. Under Browning, the Grizzlies had two running backs who were named to the All-Conference team in 2013 and a First team All-Jayhawk Tight End in 2012. 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-time all-conference selection and was named the conference defensive lineman of the year in 2001. Browning went on to graduate with a degree in Business Administration and minored in Business Management.
Jason Teague enters his first year (2020-21) as defensive coordinator for the Rangers. Teague, a 2006 graduate of Carthage high school, played football at Tyler Junior College from 2006-08. He graduated from TJC in 2008, then attended Texas Christian University where he graduated in 2010 with a degree in communications and earned a master's degree from TCU in 2015. After spending time as a graduate assistant coach at TJC, Teague coached football and track at Brenham High School (2015-17) and Mesquite High School (2018-19). He is married to wife, Cherise, and has three daughters: Kayla, Avri and Autumn.
Peter Hopkins is in his second season as offensive coordinator at Kilgore College. He is also the recruiting coordinator for the 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.
Timothy Chura enters his second season as assistant football coach for KC. As an Albany (NY) native, Chura spent the 2019 spring season with the Albany Empire of the Arena Football League as the assistant OL/DL coach, winning the AFL ArenaBowl in August of that year. Following the completion of that season, Chura made the move to Kilgore to work as a student assistant befensive backs coach. Chura spent the Fall of 2020 as the Rangers’ cornerbacks coach before transitioning to linebackers coach this spring.
Zac Newbell is in his first season as as the wide receivers coach at KC. Newbell, from Spring (Texas), played football at KC from 2016-17 and played at Henderson State (Arkadelphia, Ark.) from 2018-19.