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June 4, 2013

Gordon names former Longhorn Joe Kostiha as new head football coach

BY TONY EIERDAM

GORDON – Gordon ISD superintendent Eric Hough has informed the Index that Alvarado defensive coordinator Joe Kostiha, a 1999 graduate of Gordon, has been named as the Longhorns new head football coach.

Former Gordon coach Shane Mallory announced his retirement earlier this spring, and a few weeks later Gordon ISD hired Richland Springs head coach Jerry Burkhart, who after accepting the job then withdrew from the position, leaving an opening.

Kostiha had been Alvarado’s defensive coordinator the past two years. He has also coached at Ennis, Bridgeport and Groveton.

Gordon ISD superintendent Eric Hough said it is not uncommon for a coach who started coaching in 11-man football to switch to the six-man game.

“Joe is a Gordon graduate and he played on a state championship football team here,” Hough said. “It is a ‘coming home’ type of a deal.

“We are extremely excited he is coming back. He has already met with the boys and is excited about the future.”

Kostiha is a 2003 graduate of Beloit College in Wisconsin, where he played football and threw the javelin in track, where he also coached as an assistant.

Kostiha was a co-leader in Fellowship of Christian Athletes and help start a FCA branch at Beloit.

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