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Houghton Resigns After One Season, Pioneers Seek Fifth Coach In Five Years

By Rich Thomaselli
HVSR Staff

For the fifth straight season, the Poughkeepsie High School football program will have a new coach.

Joe Houghton has stepped down from both his coaching job and teaching position after just one season, Hudson Valley Sports Report has learned exclusively.

Houghton could not be reached for comment.

Poughkeepsie athletic director Christian Hodge confirmed the departure to HVSR. Longtime Pioneers baseball coach Mark Bianco will take over as the head football coach.

“He has moved back to New York City to take a (physical education) job and he will be coaching in Long Island,” Hodge said in a text.

Houghton’s resignation means the Pioneers will have their fifth head coach in 2019 in the last five years, and sixth in the last seven years.

Hodge brought Houghton in last year from Long Island City High School to replace Nigel Whitaker, who coached the team in 2017.

Whitaker replaced Matt Relyea, who was terminated at the end of 2016 over murky circumstances after he allegedly allowed a concussed player to participate in a game.

Relyea replaced Jerry North, who coached the 2015 Pioneers.

And North replaced John Castellano, who resigned after serving as coach in 2013 and ’14.


One Comment

  1. tramaine johnson

    June 25, 2019 at 6:21 pm

    should of just kept coach Whitaker, firing a good coach with a 4-4 record did not make sense.

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