Kent Is­land coaches host vol­ley­ball camp

Eye start­ing fresh­man team

Record Observer - - School - By DOUG BISHOP dbishop@kibay­

STEVENSVILLE — Kent Is­land High School Var­sity Vol­ley­ball Coach Patrick Hop­kins and JV Coach Glenn Brainer hosted the first vol­ley­ball camp at the high school June 27-30 for chil­dren, ages 7 to 14.

Some 48 ath­letes, all girls, went through a num­ber of vol­ley­ball drills dur­ing the four-day camp, re­fin­ing their ball con­trol skills.

Both Hop­kins and Brainer are Foun­da­tions of Tech­nol­ogy teach­ers at KI High, and both grad­u­ated from Wood­lawn High School in Bal­ti­more County, but dur­ing dif­fer­ent years. Hop­kins has been the head vol­ley­ball coach since 2006.

He said, “We’ve al­ways been com­pet­i­tive, and had a num­ber of very good vol­ley­ball teams at KIHS. We’ve had sev­eral teams with 13-2 reg­u­lar sea­son records. Last year’s team did that, but went fur­ther into the play­offs than ever be­fore. It was the first time in school his­tory with won our sec­tional cham­pi­onship. We’ve made a new level of im­prove­ment!”

Brainer, in his 38th year of teach­ing, coached the school’s base­ball team un­til 2007. He re­cently tran­si­tioned to vol­ley­ball, how­ever, it’s not a new sport for him. Brainer be­gan his teach­ing ca­reer in Anne Arun­del County Pub­lic Schools teach­ing at South­ern, Arun­del and Broad­neck high schools be­fore mov­ing to Kent Is­land. At Broad­neck, Brainer started and coached the girls vol­ley­ball pro­gram.

Brainer said, “My old­est chil­dren were girls, and they played vol­ley­ball, so I nat­u­rally sup­ported their in­ter­ests. I helped start vol­ley­ball at Broad­neck and even­tu­ally the pro­gram won some state cham­pi­onships.”

Hop­kins and Brainer are strong be­liev­ers in the val­ues chil­dren can learn through prop­erly run sports pro­grams: team­work, dis­ci­pline, per­sonal fo­cus, com­pet­i­tive drive, and most im­por­tantly, sports­man­ship.

Hop­kins said, “The past four years we’ve had more and more girls come out for vol­ley­ball. It used to be that who­ever came out made the team. How­ever, we have now had to cut play­ers be­cause of the larger num­bers try­ing out. Within the county, those who don’t make the team have no where else to turn to play vol­ley­ball. It would help if we could of­fer a fresh­man team in vol­ley­ball. That would help the girls who are in­ter­ested and keep them de­vel­op­ing their skills.”

Brainer added, “Out of the 48 kids at the camp, 27 will be fresh­man at KIHS this fall. Those kids who don’t make the team, where do they go in the county to im­prove their skills in a hope of even­tu­ally mak­ing the team here at KIHS in the fu­ture? No where. I don’t think that’s fair. They should have an al­ter­na­tive. There should be a Rec league, or a fresh­man team through the schools. We have fresh­man teams in other sports, but not vol­ley­ball.”

The cost for spon­sor­ing a fresh­man team at KIHS would be min­i­mal, they said.

Hop­kins said, “The chal­lenge for a fresh­man team would be find­ing other schools who also have fresh­man teams and mak­ing a func­tional sched­ule.”


From left, Coaches Glen Brainer and Patrick Hop­kins stand with some of the girls who turned out for the vol­ley­ball camp at Kent Is­land High School.

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