On Dec. 23, Kenyon’s Director of Athletics, Fitness and Recreation Jill McCartney announced that Ian Good will be the new head football coach. Good, who has been the defensive coordinator since 2019, will take over the mantle of head coach this fall after previously serving as Kenyon’s linebackers coach from 2017 to 2019. Prior to coming to Kenyon in 2017, Good worked at Wayne State University (Mich.) and Kalamazoo University (Mich.), serving their football teams as a linebacker coach and team social media director.
Under Good, the Kenyon football program will look to improve on their disappointing recent seasons. The Lords finished with a 3-7 record in 2021, earning them a seventh-place finish in the NCAC and have not had a winning season since 2012. They allowed an average of 37.1 points per game, while scoring just 18.2 points per game. Drawing from his experience as the Lords’ defensive coordinator, Good said that he hopes to build a winning culture through developing a sense of community amongst the players. “We want to do as many things as we can as a team… to really build that familial trust and belief in each other,” he said. By building that trust and working through adversity in their daily lives, Good believes that the Lords will find success on the field.
Good hopes that this success doesn’t just manifest on the field, but in their lives off the field as well. “If we can find a way to enhance their lives and make them better people while they’re a part of our football program, and get them ready for grad school or to get a job after college, that’s our main measure of success as a football program,” he said.
The Kenyon community will get their first look at the Kenyon football program under Good when the team returns to play in the fall. With more than 60 returning players, the team will look to build on their shared foundation and find greater success.