Head Coach: Matt Herr, at Kent since 2005
Assistant: Garrison Smith, at Kent since 2004
Assistant: Brian Cibelli, at Kent since 2010
Message from the Coach:
Kent School has a long tradition of hockey - the first team dates back to 1911. Historically, this tradition has been carried on by young men who have represented Kent through hard work, selflessness and dedication to academics and to their sport. Kent competes in the Founders league, which is consistently one of the highest levels of hockey competition for high school-age players in the country. Players learn not only the skills of the game, but leadership and teamwork that will last well past their high school careers.
This highly competitive schedule and focus on development has led many of our players to aptly pursue their hockey aspirations in college and beyond. Most recently in the 2008 NHL entry draft, Kent had two players taken, one in the third round and the other in the seventh by the San Jose Sharks. Kent Hockey prides itself on the development of student athletes using the most up-to-date training techniques ranging from game video analysis to player conditioning through personalized training programs. Player readiness is developed in the rink and in Kent's new state-of-the-art fitness center. Kent Hockey prides itself on being competitive in the rink while also teaching young men the skills that will carry them well into their future.
Coach Matt Herr is a graduate of the University of Michigan where he played under former NHL standout and Coach Red Berenson. He participated in two National championships and four Frozen Fours. After his college career Coach Herr played professional hockey for the Washington Capitals, Florida Panthers, and Boston Bruins organizations as well as the DEG Metro Stars in Germany. Other international experiences include playing at the World Championships and the World Junior Championships as a representative of the United States. He has been at the helm of the Kent Lions hockey team since 2005 and has worked every year with USA Hockey's select national festivals. Coach Herr brings experience and knowledge of the game to Kent Hockey and a philosophy of trying to aid young men in development both on the ice and in the classroom. Coach Herr's other duties at Kent include teaching A.P Psychology, U.S History and coaching Boy's Varsity Baseball.