Kash Goicoechea is a 6’0″, 190 pound, class of 2024 runningback, safety, and kick returner for the Glacier High School Wolfpack in Kalispell, Montana. Kash is one of the top players in the state of Montana, ranking 6th in the 2024 class at all positions, and recently committed to play at the next level for the University of Montana Grizzlies. In his recruiting journey, he also visited Montana State University, Washington State University, and North Dakota State University, but chose to stay close to home and play college football in Missoula. Kash sometimes lines up in the box or plays back when on defense, and is an extremely hard hitter, often bring used in run support, but also dropping back into coverage a fair amount and making plays. So far this season, in four games, Kash has recorded 21 tackles and a sack, plus 4 PBUs and 3 interceptions. Kash has also added 208 rushing yards and 6 touchdowns on just 26 carries, good for an 8.0 average per carry. In the return game, he has 22 yards on one return attempt. Off the field, Kash has maintained a 3.5 GPA.
I recently had the chance to interview Kash:
Why and at what age did you start playing football?
“I started playing football when I was in the 1st grade.”
Have you always played your current position, or did you play a different position growing up?
“Yes, I have always played these same positions.”
What sets you apart from everyone else on the field?
“What sets me apart is my speed and explosiveness while being very physical on the field. I am always willing to do whatever it takes to help myself or my team succeed.”
What is your favorite accomplishment so far in your football career?
“Having the opportunity to play for the Montana Grizzlies.”
What is your favorite memory of playing football so far?
“My favorite memory is when I found out I was going to be able to be able to continue playing football after high school.”
How do you balance athletics and academics?
“It takes a lot of hard work and good time management to succeed in both of these aspects.”
What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced on the field?
“One of the biggest challenges I have faced is stepping in and starting varsity as a sophomore.”
Is there a certain player you try to model your game after?
“There isn’t a certain player that I try and model my game after. I try and model things off of many players but I really enjoy watching Ronnie Lott and Earl Thomas.”
How do you stay physically fit outside of football?
“I lift and run almost every day of the week to stay in shape outside of football season.”
What are you hoping to achieve this season?
“This season, I am hoping that as a team, we reach our full potential and ultimately win a state championship.”
What is your end goal for your football career?
“My end goal for my football career is to have built long lasting relationships, learn life lessons, and enjoy the game of football.”
What is the most important lesson you’ve learned playing football?
“The most important lesson I have learned is that it’s important to do all of the little things right if you want to achieve the bigger things.”
How do you prepare for big games?
“I prepare for big games the same way I prepare for every game: by getting my mind right.”
What type of play style do you have?
“I am fast and aggressive. I love to run downhill and hit.”
Lastly, who is the biggest role model in your life?
“The biggest role model in my life is my dad.”