Welcome to Gonzales ISD!!

Welcome to GISD!

Introducing Gonzales ISD’s new Athletic Director/Head Football Coach


Pride. Passion. Purpose. 


These words define Joseph Rivera’s life mission. Mr. Rivera’s fifteen year journey as an educator and coach has taught him the technique of how to be a successful coach, but, most importantly, why he wants to coach. His passion for students and the community balanced with his love and prioritization of character building for his students and staff are the foundation of success for his athletic program. 


Mr. Rivera has served as an Athletic Coordinator, Assistant Head Football Coach, and Head Track Coach at Moe and Gene Johnson High School in Hays CISD for the past three years. Prior to his tenure at Johnson High School, he served as the Athletic Director and Head Football Coach at Pearsall ISD. He and his family also enjoyed their time in Corsicana, Texas where he served as Assistant Head Football Coach, Defensive Coordinator, and Assistant Track Coach. He began his career at his alma mater in 2006 at Samuel Clemens High School in Schertz, Texas after graduating from Texas A&M University. 


After reviewing more than sixty applications and vetting twelve candidates through a two-part interview process, Gonzales ISD Superintendent, Mr. John Schumacher, recommended Mr. Joseph Rivera for consideration as the Athletic Director/Head Football Coach for Gonzales ISD to the Gonzales ISD Board of Trustees on Wednesday, December 15th. The Board of Trustees approved Mr. Rivera as the Athletic Director/Head Football Coach by a unanimous vote. Mr. Rivera will begin his tenure as an Apache when the district returns from its holiday break in January 2022. 


Please help us give a warm Apache welcome to Mr. Joey Rivera, his wife Lauren, and their three children: Augustus (6), Emmitt (3), and Elyse (4 mths.). 


“My family is thankful for this opportunity, and I cannot wait to start working with the student athletes of Gonzales ISD.  We can’t express how great it feels to be an Apache!  ROLL TRIBE!”- Joey Rivera, Athletic Director/Head Football Coach, GISD