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Robert Gomez
Athletic Director
Robert Gomez
Athletics & Physical Education Department
4133 Eldridge Avenue
San Antonio, TX 78237
Phone: 210-444-7949
Fax: (210) 444-7963
Laura Garza
Assistant Athletic Director
Laura Garza

Benjamin Benavidez III
Head Coach
Benjamin Benavides III

Although Benjamin Benavides is the new Head Football Coach at Kennedy High School, he is not new to Edgewood. Born and raised in the Edgewood community, Coach Benavides graduated Kennedy High School in 1989. He partook in various sports during his tenue and was extended the opportunity to travel to Kansas (Bethel College) in order to continue his football career at the collegiate level. While at Bethel College, Benavides lettered all four years. He also earned all-conference honors two consecutive years. After earning his bachelor's degree, Benavides joined the coaching staff at Bethel College. Thus began his journey that would eventually bring him back home to Kennedy High-School. In the process Benavides would also earn his Master's degree in Athletic Administration.

Benavides plans to waste no time in changing the culture in the football program and hopes to reinvigorate the pride and spirit of the Kennedy community. HARD WORK.... PAYS OFF! GO ROCKETS!

Coaching Experience

  • 3 Years - Bethel College, KS - Assistant Coach
  • 3 Years - Brentwood MS - Assistant Coach
  • 9 Years - Kennedy HS - Defensive Coordinator
  • 6 Years - Burbank HS - Defensive Coordinator

Rene Villarreal
Offensive Coordinator
Rene Villarreal

Villarreal is a San Antonio native who attended the University of Incarnate Word where he double majored in Biology and Physical Education. After various stints around the San Antonio area, Villarreal joined Edgewood ISD. He currently teaches science classes, serves as the offensive coordinator for the football team, and is the head boys golf coach.

Leandro Gonzales
Defensive Coordinator
Leandro Gonzales

Coming Soon!

Albert Olivarez
Secondary Coach
Albert Olivarez

Coach Olivarez is a product of Kennedy High School, class of 1997. Upon graduation, Olivarez was a walked-on for the Texas A&M Kingsville baseball squad for two seasons. He would eventually earn his kinesiology degree from UTSA in 2003. After a short stint in Pleasanton, Coach Olivarez decided to return back to the Edgewood community with the hopes of serving as a mentor for the youth. Coach Olivarez recently completed his Masters in Athletic Administration (MCAA) from Concorida University in Irvine, CA. Look for Olivarez on the sideline as he leads the Rocket secondary and on the baseball diamond as the head baseball coach.

Adan Perales
OL Coach
Adan Perales
Originally from the RGV, Coach Perales graduated from Edcouch-Elsa high-school in 1997. Upon graduation, Perales was extended the opportunity to play collegiate football for a small liberal arts college in Iowa (Grinnell College). As a 3-year starter on the offensive line, Perales was part of a historic 10-0 season for the Pioneers and managed to earn the team's lineman award his senior year. Perales returned to his alma-mater in the Rio Grande valley, where he spent seven years teaching/coaching. Perales begins his 8th year as part of the Rocket family and will assist with the offensive line. Perales also assists with the JFK boys track & field team.
Jackson, Chris
RB Coach
Chris Jackson

Coach Jackson attended Carthage High School and participated in various sports, which included all-area selections in football and baseball. Jackson attended Panola College and was part of the National Championship collegiate baseball team. Jackson finish at Stephen F. Austin State University(SFASU). In addition to playing football and baseball at SFASU, he graduated with a finance degree. Jackson's current coaching assignment is football and softball.

Covarrubias, Ruben
WR Coach
Ruben Covarrubias

Coach “Covo” is a graduate of East Central High School and University of Texas San Antonio. He earned a B.A. in Science/Kinesiology and a Masters in Educational Leadership. Coach “Covo” brings 20 years of coaching experience, which include stints at Austin ISD, SAISD, East Central, and Laredo ISD. Coach “Covo” will be coaching the wide receivers and J.V. basketball team. He currently teaches at Brentwood Middle School as a Special Education facilitator.

Anderson, Brad
OL Coach
Brad Anderson

Originally from Houston, TX, Coach Anderson attended Wofford College in South Carolina on a football scholarship. He played offensive line, earned all-conference honors, and was part of the team which won the Southern Conference Championship. With 10 years of coaching experience, Coach Anderson started at Tomball Jr. High, later moved to Fort Stockton High School, and has spent the last 4 years at Kennedy high school. He currently coaches the offensive line for the Rockets, is the Head Powerlifting coach, and teaches social studies at Brentwood Middle School.

Harrison, Matthew
LB Coach
Matthew Harrison

Coach Harrison is a graduate of Southside High School and the University of Texas San Antonio. Coach Harrison majored in Kinesiology and is currently assigned to teach special education classes at Kennedy High School. Coach Harrison spent the last 3 years teaching and coaching at Pleasanton High School and is excited to join the Rocket family. He is currently assigned to linebackers and is looking forward to contributing to the success of the Rockets in 2018.

Machado, Larry
LB Coach
Larry Machado

Coach Machado is a Kennedy High School graduate, class of 2006. Upon graduation, Coach Machado attended St. Mary University and earned a Bachelor of Arts in English. He is currently working towards a Masters in Educational Leadership at UTSA. Coach Machado earned his stripes coaching at Gus Garcia middle school for the last 6 years. This will be his first year teaching and coaching at the high-school level. He will teach freshman English and will assist on the defensive side of the ball with the linebackers. Coach Machado is excited to be back at Kennedy and eager to give back to the community.

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