St. John Paul II High School has hired Christopher Kent as the Lions’ Head Hockey Coach, effective immediately. Kent served as Assistant Coach to Charles “Chuck” Jancaterino, who coached the Lions from 2015-2018.
“Coach Kent has been a key member of the JPII hockey coaching staff since the 2015-16 season. He brings tremendous commitment, knowledge, and energy to Lions hockey as well as established relationships with the team. We are thrilled to have Coach Kent assume the reigns of JPII hockey. We are looking forward to the continued growth and success of the program, and I know Coach Kent is eager to get started ,” said Athletics Director Mark Santos.
Coach Kent, a Dennis-Yarmouth High School graduate, practiced alongside his father at the Tony Kent Arena in Dennis. After earning his Master’s degree from Western New England University, Kent began his coaching career, now in its 23rd year. The Kents are parishioners of Corpus Christi Church in Sandwich.
“I am excited to continue working with the team and look forward to new challenges and responsibilities as Head Coach. I believe my hockey experience and faith-filled background will guide the team into a successful year both on and off the ice,” Kent said.
“Coach Kent has a firm understanding of the centerpiece of JPII athletics: faith, family, and academics. I look forward to this exciting new chapter in Lions hockey under his leadership,” added Christopher Keavy, Head of School.
St. John Paul II Hockey played their inaugural varsity season during the 2012-13 school year. The Lions have qualified for MIAA tournament play in four of its six seasons, including the last three consecutive seasons. The 2017-18 team set a program record with sixteen wins under Jancaterino.
Hyannis’ St. John Paul II High School & St. Francis Xavier Preparatory School form one united, Catholic school serving students from grades five through twelve.