By Sean Lynch
Section 9 Football Insider Staff
Growing up, Goshen quarterback Matt Giordano and his two brothers, Tom and Joe, competed in no holds barred pick-up baseball, basketball and football games in their backyard.
Of course, Matt was at a disadvantage: He was the little brother and took his share of lumps. However, those battles toughened Matt up, making him resilient while building his confidence.
These are all traits that have helped Giordano as a quarterback. He started as a sophomore last season and hopes to have a breakout year this fall for the optimistic Gladiators, who graduated only four senior starters.
“My brothers never took it easy on me,” said Giordano, who threw for 885 yards and six touchdowns with a 59.7 completion percentage last year. “It didn’t matter what sport it was. They pushed me pretty hard. It wasn’t always easy, but it made me much more competitive. It made me a better football player. Through it all, they were supportive of me.”
Tom Giordano, a redshirt sophomore at Marist, was a four-year linebacker at Goshen and earned all-state honors in 2015 when he put up 152 tackles. Joe, a Marist sophomore, was Goshen’s long snapper for three years and earned all-Section 9 honors as a senior. There is one more Giordano coming up the pike, Jake, a fifth-grader, who is also a quarterback.
Their father, also named Tom, is a Goshen assistant coach. Matt Giordano won the starting quarterback job during preseason last year and became one of the faces of the “Killenberger’s Kids” movement. Goshen coach Ed Killenberger’s roster was dotted with underclassmen last season.
The Gladiators lost their first three games of the season, before rallying for four straight wins. Goshen’s season ended with a 12-0 loss to Port Jervis in the semifinals of the Section 9 Class A playoffs. Giordano, who is 6-foot-1, 205 pounds, evolved as a leader for Goshen in 2017 and could have a breakout year this fall.
“Matt just doesn’t get riled,” Killenberger said. “He has ice water in his veins and I’ve always said that he is mature beyond his years. Matt is a team-orientated kid and doesn’t like to be in the limelight. He’s grown tremendously and is much more confident. Matt is a legit kid.”
Football is part of the fabric of the Giordano family and Matt remains close with his two older brothers. They are proud of the player that he has become and Matt likely will get better. Back in the day, Tom and Joe worked young Matt hard in the backyard, but they always saw something special in him.
“To be completely honest, I think Matt is the best athlete out of all of us,” Joe Giordano said. “Even when we were younger, you could tell that he was faster and quicker. We knew that Matt would excel. We are proud of what Matt has become, but he knows he has a long way to go. I know he will keep working hard and will keep his head on straight.”