Middle School English teacher and Coach Kyle Chapman has held many different coaching roles in the past at KO. From serving as the girls varsity basketball coach to the Middle School football coach, he’s basically done it all. However this past fall, this experienced coach wandered into unknown territory as the Middle School A girls soccer coach. Although this was his first time coaching the team, he led the girls like a seasoned veteran, finishing his first season with a record of 5-1, with the team’s only loss coming in a close game against the very talented Har-Bur Middle School.
Coach Chapman describes himself as the type of coach who considers his players’ needs first. “I’m more of a supportive coach, and I always try to ensure that everyone is having a good time and they know what’s going on,” he said.
Eighth-grader forward Georgia Louis and eighth-grader right mid Sophia Radmanovich both appreciate the way Mr. Chapman runs practice. “He always brings positive energy to the field,” Radmanovich said. Louis agreed. “He always brings fun to practice by letting us play World Cup instead of just doing drills every day,” she said. Seventh-grader center mid Emily Knowles felt the rookie coach conducted himself like a veteran on the sidelines. “He gives off an ‘I’ve been a coach for a while’ vibe,” she said.
Coach Chapman’s first season was a successful one, and he hopes to mimic that same success next year. That’s easier said than done, as the team will be losing many of their star players as they make their way into the upper school programs. He’s looking forward to seeing how the younger players on his team step up, and to coaching his younger daughter who will be coming into the program next year. For now, he’s shifted his attention to the next team he’s coaching, the Middle School boys A basketball team.