YES, Kent Roosevelt does have a Men’s Volleyball program. Men’s volleyball is played in the spring season. The state of Ohio currently has 75 schools participating statewide. Men’s volleyball in Ohio is currently not a sanctioned sport, which means that the OHSAA has not yet recognized it as a varsity sport. However, Kent Roosevelts’ athletic department does treat our program as a Varsity sport. This is a nice recognition to the young male student athletes who put their time into a sport they enjoy.
In the early 1990’s current Math teacher, Jeff Thompson started the Men’s volleyball program in Kent. This 2017 season marks the 27th season of the program. I took over the program in 2013 from Shawn Jones, with whom I had coached with for 5 years prior as the boys JV coach and 2 years with him in the same position for the girls program in 2003-2005. Last year Roosevelt Science teacher and women’s varsity volleyball Coach Ben Marquette joined me in trying to re-build the program to where it was a few years ago. With his help we were able to produce both a JV and Varsity team, consisting of 20 student athletes.
The boys do not have a specific league they play in but will play other Suburban League teams like Stow, Hudson, Brecksville-Broadview Heights, and North Royalton. Last year’s Varsity team was 5-12 with it’s first win in the State Tournament in quite awhile against Villa Angela St. Joe’s. We will have 5 returning letterman this year and look to have another 15 young men on the roster come March.
We would love your support at our games, which are held at Stanton Middle School.
Best Wishes to all Kent Athletic Teams!
Coach Mikala Pritts