The Kent Football program has been in existence for over 100 years. While the players and coaches have changed, and systems have come and gone, the lessons the game teaches to young people have never changed.
Kent football players speak without saying a word. Our players are of high moral character, engaged citizens, servant leaders, and eager to make a positive impact on the people and the world around them.
Kent plays one of the most challenging schedules in Class A New England prep school football. Many home games are played under the lights with crowds that are the envy of any school. Kent Football is a storied program, claiming eight league championships, five New England Championship game berths, and two New England titles in the past 18 years.
Our program is built on Three Guiding Principles:
- Relentless Effort - the individual's ability to perform every act with the utmost passion and commitment.
- Competitive Excellence - the individual's ability to put obstacles and emotion aside and compete with passion, resilience, and love.
- Power of the Team - the individual player can be elite, but the individuals who play for love of the team can be special.
Coach Ben Martin
Head Coach Ben Martin brings a wealth of coaching experience to Kent School, most recently serving as assistant offensive line coach for the NFL’s Cincinnati Bengals.
Through his 20-year career, Ben has coached at every level of football. His passion for football has led him on a journey across the country and has included multiple championships (2002-2005, Trinity College), a Cotton Bowl (2010, Texas A&M), and the Super Bowl (2021, Cincinnati Bengals) while fostering positive, lasting relationships with his athletes at every stop along the way.
“Twenty years ago, I knew I wanted to be a great coach,” says Coach Martin, “But subconsciously I always wanted to be a better father. Having achieved the lifelong dream of coaching in a Super Bowl and making the sacrifices in life to do so, I now know I am fully committed to making a greater impact on the student-athlete experience at Kent School.”
“I am grateful and honored to be Kent’s Head Football Coach because it provides a great balance. Our founding motto—Simplicity of Life, Directness of Purpose, Self-Reliance—is what excites me the most! The authenticity of Kent’s faculty and staff has been the most welcomed part of my new life at Kent.”
“Kent Football will pride itself on never being satisfied because we are always competing with the intent to evolve every day.”
Ben is also a member of Kent’s Marketing and Communications Office and he and his wife Joanna have two children: MacGregor (Mac) and Harriette (Hattie).
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