CHARLOTTETOWN – A familiar face in the gym and on the sports fields at Kinkora Regional High School has been named this year’s P.E.I. School Athletic Association (PEISAA) coach of the year.
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Kinkora Blazers head coach Brendan Kelly explains a drill to Ashton Muttart during a senior A tournament at Kensington Intermediate-Senior High School in December.
Brendan Kelly is the recipient of this award, which is presented to one active member of the PEISAA per year in recognition of having a significant contribution to coaching during the interscholastic season.
For more than 35 years, Kelly has been the heart and soul of the senior girls’ basketball team at KRHS. He also currently coaches senior girls’ softball as well.
In the past, he also has been the senior boys’ basketball coach and was on the bench recently helping to coach the Blazer girls’ hockey team in their high school hockey tournament, proudly sporting his blue and gold leather molten jacket.
“I have never seen a coach put forth the time and effort than he does for the sports that he coaches,” noted a colleague of Kelly.
In early November, Kelly starts his basketball “tryouts” for the senior girls’ team. Many years he needs to do some recruiting to have enough girls for a team. With no midget girls’ team as a feeder system, he starts with the basketball basics and teaches the girls every aspect of the game of basketball.
This requires countless hours of practice time after school. Most days after school he can be found in the gym, practising with three, four or more girls, depending on how many can show up. He is patient and understanding with all of the players. He genuinely loves developing skills and team tactical play.
CHARLOTTETOWN – A familiar face in the gym and on the sports fields at Kinkora Regional High School has been named this year’s P.E.I. School Athletic Association (PEISAA) coach of the year." A colleague of Brendan Kelly
Spending time away from your own family to coach others is something special, and Kelly obviously enjoys coaching. The students gravitate toward him and enjoy coming to practices and games. They acknowledge his time, provide respect and praise him for all the work he does. He always thinks about his team, and puts them first.
Not only being a coach, he has certainly provided back to the school itself. He plays a crucial role at graduation by taking care of all the behind the scenes details and serves as emcee at the grad banquet.
He fought hard to keep our small school open when the threat of closure loomed, and then fought even harder for a new gymnasium during school renovations. He ran the KRHS canteen for many years before we had a cafeteria. He also offers countless hours of extra help classes for students in his science courses.
In 2008, he won the Western Area Teachers’ Association Golden Apple Award for excellence in teaching and, he won the physics teacher of the year award for Atlantic Canada from the Canadian Association of Physicists in 2012.