New Tri-Village football coach, Matt Hopkins meets Patriot Nation players, family and fans
NEW MADISON – The Tri-Village Patriots introduced the school’s new head football coach, Coach Matt to local athletes, fans and family.
“I would like to thank the board, Mr. Sagester, Mr. Gray for the opportunity and the responsibility to become the next head football coach at Tri-Village,” said Hopkins. “I am excited to be here. When I was looking to leave Lebanon it wasn’t going to be just anyplace, it had to fit. I checked off a lot of boxes and Tri-Village did all that and more.”
“The process was thorough,” Hopkins added. “Mr. Gray, Mr. Morris and Mr. Sagester kind of put me through the ringer but it was good because it’s important. They did their due diligence and I feel lucky that I was chosen.”
“We are very excited about Matt and what he brings to the table with his experience and his enthusiasm,” said Tri-Village Superintendent, Josh Sagester. “We are very fortunate at Tri-Village to land someone of his caliber.”
“Coach Hopkins fits extremely well with the rest of our athletic department,” Tri-Village Athletic Director Brad Gray stated. “His goals and his visions for the football program fall right in line with what our visions are so I believe Coach Hopkins is going to be a great fit for our football program moving forward.”
Coach Hopkins is a high school graduate of Preble Shawnee High School and a college graduate of Miami University. He began his coaching career at Eaton High School where he was the Quarterbacks Coach/Passing Game Coordinator from 2005 until 2011.
In 2012, Coach Hopkins took the Head Football job at Preble Shawnee High School, his alma mater, where he inherited a team that finished 0-10. His teams showed steady improvement during his time there and finished 8-2 during the 2017 season, which was the most wins in school history at the time.
He was voted SWBL Coach of the Year that season. The following year, in 2018, Coach Hopkins was named the Head Football Coach at Lebanon High School, where he has spent the past four seasons.
“Hearing Coach Hopkins talk tonight he is obviously a very fiery guy that has lofty goals,” said Gray. “The message that he was able to get across to us in the interview process was how important the kids were going to be off the field to him as well and how important the educational piece and just the general life lessons that he wants to teach these kids beyond football is something that really caught our attention.”
Known for its successful sports programs, Coach Hopkins weighed in on Tri-Village’s sports programs and the school’s mascot.
“Obviously we (Tri-Village) came in second last year behind Preble Shawnee in the league. We’re going to battle them every year and I know we have to battle Arcanum and Ansonia. We have to bring our “A” game every day because everybody else is.”
“I think that’s huge and these kids are used to winning so that doesn’t faze them,” added Hopkins. “I am excited about seeing what we can do and try to translate some of that basketball success onto the football field and keep this rolling.”
Coach Hopkins continued to talk Tri-Village including the winning culture and work ethic at the Darke County school.
“That was a big selling point to me – the culture around here, that winning matters in the classroom and the athletic field – winning matters,” Coach Hopkins stated. “It’s important and those are the expectations so this is great – checked a lot of boxes and this is where I want to be and I feel blessed to be a part of it.”