Devon Prep welcomes three new coaches to lead fall varsity athletic teams. Mr. Brian McKinney ’95 will serve as head coach of the Varsity Soccer Team. Mr. Brian Rogers will lead the Varsity Golf Team. And Mr. Matthew Dimaio ’10 will coach the Varsity Cross Country Team.
Mr. McKinney, a 1995 Devon Prep alumnus, most recently served as coach of the 8th grade boys’ soccer team in the Ridley Township School District and head coach of Nether United Soccer Club.
Prior to Ridley, Coach McKinney served as the varsity head coach of Marple Newtown High School where he was named Central League Coach of the Year in 2008. In addition he has served as assistant coach of the men’s varsity soccer team at Ursinus College as well as J.V. head coach at Malvern Prep.
“Devon Prep is very excited to welcome Brian back to our soccer program,” said Mr. Jason Fisher, Devon Prep Athletic Director. “We are extremely fortunate to have a coach with the combination of playing and coaching experience that Brian brings to Devon.”
After graduating from Devon Prep, where Mr. McKinney is an all-time leader in assists and member of the school’s Wall of Fame, he earned a BA in English from Elizabethtown College. He was a four year member of Elizabethtown’s soccer program including the 1996 MAC championship team. After college he went on to play soccer in Dublin, Ireland and then professionally for the Delaware Wizards.
Coach McKinney says he’s excited to coach at his alma mater and hopes to provide a positive, competitive soccer experience at a school with a strong sense of community and commitment to excellence.
“I loved my time at the school and felt the opportunity to coach there was too good to pass up,” Mr. McKinney said. “My main goal is to build a soccer culture, so the team feels that no matter what happens on the field, we are part of something special.
“I always try my best to give players the opportunity to improve and enjoy the game,” he explained. “Soccer can be something that becomes a part of you. You can play it for the rest of your life, and it’s opened so many doors and introduced me to so many great people and places.”
Mr. Rogers, an accomplished golf coach and former PGA golf professional, served as the Head Golf Coach at Temple University and Gwynedd Mercy Academy as well as Director of Tournaments and Marketing of TL Golf Services in Philadelphia. He has also held positions with several professional golf organizations.
In addition Coach Rogers has competed in over 200 professional tournaments and pro-am events. He holds a degree in Environmental Science from Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.
“I plan to utilize my extensive experience and contacts in the golf industry to enhance and improve Devon’s golf program,” he said. “I am committed to developing a top-notch well-rounded program of exceptional student-athletes.”
Mr. Dimaio most recently served as coach of Devon Prep’s first Middle School Track and Cross Country Teams. He has been an integral part of the implementation of those two new middle school sports and led the teams to successful seasons.
Coach Dimaio is a member of Devon Prep’s Class of 2010, and a graduate of the University of Scranton, where he ran both Cross Country and Track, and Villanova University’s School of Law.
“I am grateful and honored that the athletic department has given me this opportunity,” Coach Dimaio said. “My initial goal for the team will be to pick up where Coach Evans left off and to build off of the positive work he did with the program. With the exception of some returning seniors, we have a young team. Much of my approach this season will involve teaching the young men on the team the skills involved in running an intelligent and courageous race from start to finish. I am confident the results will take care of themselves.”