Jory Kahan Selected as Soccer Coach of the Year

Posted December 20, 2011

In only his first year as head coach of the boys soccer team, the Delaware Interscholastic Athletic Association named Jory Kahan its 2011 Coach of the Year. The honor headlined several post-season awards including All-State Honors for striker Ben Bentil ’14 and midfielder Matt Grippo ’12 and All-Conference recognition for eight members of the team. The boys stunned the region’s soccer community this fall with a 14-2-1 record and a run to the quarterfinals of the state tournament. They also went undefeated in the Independent Conference and tied a School record for the most wins in a season.

There was great talent on the 2011 team, but their most valuable assets were their resiliency and the pride they felt in playing with and for each other. “Individually, these young men were very good, but you don’t win fourteen games on talent alone,” observed Athletic Director Mike Hyde. “Jory took those kids and helped them see what they could be and then worked them, coached them, and encouraged them until they realized it. Those boys won’t forget this season and the lessons he taught them.”

Coach Kahan is in his second-year at St. Andrew’s teaching math and serving as a dorm parent on Hillier corridor. He graduated with a degree in Neuroscience and Behavior from Wesleyan University in 2010. He was an Academic All-American, captain and defensemen stalwart for a team that finished undefeated in the regular season for the first time in 70 years. In 2008, he was selected for the NESCAC All-Sportsmanship team.

Headmaster Tad Roach appreciated the boys’ season as much as anyone and could often be seen patrolling the sidelines during home and away games. “For years, St. Andrew’s has prided itself in the recruitment and development of the nation’s best young teachers,” noted Tad. “Jory is an exceptional teacher, mentor and coach. This honor is well deserved and we cannot thank him enough for all he does for his students and our School.”

You can watch Coach Kahan’s fall Athletic Assembly speech to his team on our YouTube channel. Keyword: Kahan

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