A former CYO player and St. Francis Prep standout in the early 1960’s, Kent has been at the helm at McClancy for 29 years, winning Coach of the Year honors a half-dozen times.
He has received more than a dozen coaching awards from newspapers over the years, but he says the award he is most fond of is the “Sportsmanship Award” given him by the High School Referee Board on six occasions.
“We are an example and role model to the players on our team every single game,” said Kent. “It is very easy to lose sight of that when we are in such competitive games day in and day out.
“Young men in high school are at a very impressionable age,” he added. “They look up to us and having the referees see the sportsman in me is dear to my heart.”
Kent has been the coach of the New York City team at the Empire State Games on two occasions, in which he won gold medals, and the New York City All-Stars in the Windy City/Big Apple Classic in Chicago twice. He has lectured at numerous coaches clinics – including the USA Basketball Coaches Clinic in Massachusetts and USA “BigMan” Camp in California.
In 2003, he was inducted into the Msgr. McClancy Hall of Fame. In 2005, he was inducted into the CHSAA Hall of Fame.