Coaches approved for fall sports at KCHS; practices to start Aug. 11

Brian Aikin returns for a second year as head football coach at Kent County High School. The first day of practice is Wednesday, Aug. 11.

WORTON — With Gov. Larry Hogan ending the COVID-19 state of emergency and lifting pandemic-related restrictions, high school fall sports in Maryland will be played in the traditional fall months — unlike the condensed eight-week season in February, March and April of this year.

The first day of practice for the 2021-22 academic year, as set by the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association, is Wednesday, Aug. 11.

Kent County High School will hold fall sports orientation for new and returning athletes and their parents at 6:30 p.m. July 29 in the school auditorium. Athletic Director Kevin Taylor will be there.

This is an ideal time to meet the coaches, and to find out about their training requirements, practice schedules and expectations for the season.

Athletes are reminded they cannot practice or participate until they have a physical on file at school.

KCHS has a full complement of head coaches for the fall, according to Taylor.

The Board of Education unanimously approved the following coaches at its Monday, July 12 meeting.

Cheerleading: head coach Lizzie Rinehart and paid assistant Jessica Arminio.

Cross country: head coach Henry Sabetti and paid assistant Rich Shaw.

Field hockey: head coach Susan Wright-Taylor and volunteer assistants Gillian Spero and Trish McGee.

Football: head coach Brian Aikin, paid assistants Justin Jenkins, Brett King, Jason Scheib and Kyle Dimichele, and volunteer assistants Gary Priddy, Chas Willis, Harold Somerville and Dave Hitaffer.

Boys soccer: head coach Patrick Jones and paid assistant Tom Speakman.

Girls soccer: head coach Rachael Gugasian and paid assistant Ed Stack.

Unified tennis: head coach Christa Collison and paid assistant Laura Johnson.

Volleyball: head coach Michelle Phillips and paid assistant Sobaye Scott.

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