Kennedy Transitions to a New Head Football Coach

By Samantha Johnson, Clarion Staff

“A coach is someone who tells you what you don’t want to hear, who has you see what you don’t want to see, so you can be who you have always known you could be.Tom Landry

After investing five years as the head coach of the Varsity football team at John F. Kennedy High, Matthew Costa has accepted a new position at another school and will be moving on.

Returning football players continue to practice as the preseason begins. Photo by Marsiana Pound

As the school year comes to an end and the new season quickly approaches, a search for a new head coach began immediately. On April 16th, Kennedy alumni Brian Lewis Jr., often referred to as Coach B, was announced as the new head coach of Kennedy’s Varsity football team. In the years 1999 and 2000, Lewis played as a Receiver, Running Back, and Cornerback for Kennedy. Sadly, his football career came to an end when he tore his achilles tendon. Lewis had been coaching football since 2007 as a Junior League coach and started coaching high school football at Valley High School in 2011. He came to Kennedy in 2015 first as the head JV coach and then the Offensive Coordinator. He also coached the varsity team’s Running Backs and Linebackers.

Coach B working with Coach C, one of the assistant coaches, while student’s condition in the background. Photo by Marsiana Pound.

“He’s a great coach and he likes to see his players develop,” said Wide Receiver Jaden Cummings, ‘18. Coach B has received positive feedback of not only as a coach, but also as a person. He plans to have several activities where the team gets involved in community service. These plans include having the team runs a Youth Camp where the players run drills for young football players. Also in the works is starting a mentoring program for the juniors and seniors on the football team. As for goals involving athletic competition, he aims high, with a goal of leading Varsity to become Metro League Champions.

“Football is the ultimate team sport. There’s literally a position for everyone,” says Coach B. The players have identical goals as their coach. “My hopes for this season are to go undefeated and win section titles,” said Weak Safety Aidan Young. ‘18. As the new season draws closer, players are hopeful on the direction their new coach will take them both as individuals and as a team.

Players respect Costa’s dedication to John F. Kennedy that has shaped both the athletic department and football team as a whole. Receiver Philmonte Johnson, ’18 shares, “I do have a lot of respect for Costa because he was there for me, I’ll miss Little Man.”

Under Coach Costa’s leadership, Kennedy’s Varsity football team increased their winnings. The team made it to playoffs in back-to-back years, marking its first time in 25 years. “I hope they continue to be successful and he [Coach B] can get a title that I couldn’t get while I was here,” shared Costa.

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