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April 9, 2014

Heritage makes basketball coaching changes

Pat Kennedy, the Heritage High athletics director, is stepping down as the school’s boys’ basketball coach to become the girls’ basketball coach. He will retain his AD position.

Pat Kennedy, the Heritage High athletics director, is stepping down as the school’s boys’ basketball coach to become the girls’ basketball coach. He will retain his AD position.

Tilden Brill, the current boys’ assistant, will become the boys’ head coach. Nicole Allen, the girls’ coach, is stepping down because she is expecting twins.

Brill played basketball at famed Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha under coaching icon Morgan Wootten. Brill attended College of Charleston and was a basketball intern at the school. He is a non-faculty coach and is a pharmacy manager in Durham.

Kennedy hired Brill as a varsity assistant coach when the school opened.

“I think it is going to be a seamless transition from coach Kennedy to me,” Brill said. “We have the same philosophy. There is a comfort level between us. I believe coach Kennedy wanted a chance to coach our girls and felt comfortable with me coaching the boys.”

The Heritage boys’ basketball team was 16-9 in 2013-14 and the girls were 2-20.

Ravens improving: Ravenscroft boys’ lacrosse coach Sandy Kapatos said defensive improvement has been a key in the Ravens’ four-match winning streak. The Ravens (6-2) lost to Cardinal Gibbons 16-4 in the second game of the season and fell to Charlotte Latin 10-8 in the fourth game.

Since then, they have not allowed more than five goals in a match.

“We have really improved on the defensive end,” Kapatos said. “We graduated four seniors in back from last year’s team and we have some juniors and sophomores who are getting experience.

“We are better at stopping the attack and getting the ball out of our end and moving upfield. That has helped our productivity.”

Kapatos said the team has responded well to a difficult schedule. “We’ve played the toughest schedule in the state according to the rankings,” he said. “The idea is to be playing your best at the end of the season.”

Kapatos praised the play of attacker McLean Voelkel and midfielder Jamie Herakovich.

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