Mann takes over as NHS softball coach
Northampton High School has a new softball coach, and didn't have to go far to find him.
Kevin Mann, 54, was recently named head softball coach to replace Sally Whittaker-Kahan, who resigned for health reasons.
Mann, the junior varsity coach for 13 years for the Konkrete Kids, "has everything we like and need," said NHS athletic director Todd Bowser.
"He has desire, knowledge of the game, and knowledge of Northampton softball. He bleeds black and orange," added Bowser.
A graduate of Northampton High School (1977), Mann has been coaching softball for 21 years at various age groups, including Lehigh Township, Valley Shockers, Lehigh Valley Rage, and Northampton Stars.
"I started coaching at Lehigh Township along with Jim Tkach (former Northern Lehigh football coach) and I've been with it ever since," says Mann, an employee at Keystone Cement.
"I began at NHS under former coach Debbie Anthony and continued with Whittaker-Kahan. I love the game and being around kids. I'm a firm believer in having fun."
"I'm excited about next season. We have a good nucleus with four seniors (Hannah Peters, Brianna Dalton, Taylor Kerbacher, and Leandra Sterner) and a great group of juniors coming up from last year's junior varsity team," added Mann. "They are solid and coachable and willing to learn."
Mann, who beat out nine other applicants for the NHS job, is "excited with the opportunity and my family is 11 percent behind me."
Julie Maurek and Stef (Kerbacher) Fink will be back to help out and Jeff Bernhard (former assistant at Northampton and head coach at Central Catholic) and newcomer Chelsea Lubenesky will be around to help with pitching coaching duties.
"I definitely want to continue Northampton's winning ways," says Mann.
And, Bowser concurs, "He was always aggressive as our junior varsity coach."