Brewer, Wescott and Reynolds tapped to lead Dragons as new head coaches this fall, winter
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: James J. Lavender, Superintendent
Kingsway Regional School District
(O): 856-467-4600 ext. 4205
Woolwich Twp. – The Kingsway Regional School District has named several new Head Coaches to lead our Dragons during the 2022-23 school year. Derrick Brewer will lead the Boys’ Soccer Team and Emily Wescott will take the reins as Head Girls’ Volleyball Coach this fall. Frederick Reynolds will lead our Girls’ Wrestling Team this winter.
“We are excited to name these outstanding educators as our newest head coaches and look forward to great soccer, volleyball and wrestling seasons,” said James J. Lavender, Superintendent.
Kingsway’s Athletic Director June Cioffi added, “Our newest head coaches join a strong cadre of coaches at Kingsway and will continue our commitment to developing our players to compete on the field and in the classroom.”
Read more about this exciting news below.
Derrick Brewer – Named New Head Boys’ Soccer Coach
Coach Derrick Brewer has been with the Kingsway Boys Soccer program for the past two seasons serving as the JV coach. Brewer received his high school education and played soccer at Ocean City High School (Class of 2012) in Ocean City, NJ. He then continued his education and playing career at the collegiate level at Arcadia University in Philadelphia. In his time playing at Arcadia, he earned three all-conference selections and captained the team in his junior and senior seasons. After obtaining his degree from Arcadia he went on to complete his master’s degree at Stevenson University in Baltimore, Maryland. While completing his master’s, Brewer served as an Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator for the Men’s Soccer program from 2017-2020. Coach Brewer also works as a trainer/coach for Coerver Coaching in the Mid-Atlantic region, a worldwide soccer skills development program from 2014-Present.
Coach Brewer added that he is “very excited about the opportunity to lead the Kingsway Regional Boys’ Soccer program as head coach. The coaching staff has done a tremendous job building a competitive program year in and year out and I look forward to continuing that success. It has been a pleasure being a part of the program for the past two years and I am excited to build on the strong foundation that has been set in this new role."
Emily Wescott – Named New Head Girls’ Volleyball Coach
This September will mark the beginning of Wescott’s 4th year teaching and coaching at Kingsway. Coach Wescott is grateful to have been able to embark on her teaching journey in a community that she plans to stay in for some time to come. In her time at Kingsway, Wescott taught English to ninth through twelfth graders and truly loved and values her time with her students, colleagues, and the school district. Coach Wescott is also grateful to be part of a community that has allowed her to expand outside of the classroom and deepen her overall experience as she steps into the role as Head Coach for the Girls’ Volleyball team. This is a position she treats with immense respect and seriousness. As a former collegiate athlete, Wescott has played volleyball since middle school and is humbled to continue her career as a varsity head coach.
For the past two years, Wescott served as the assistant volleyball coach and was able to gain important insight about our players and program. This will serve as a benefit to her as head coach. This year, her goals for the program include recalibrating the team culture and philosophy, raising expectations for player commitment and performance, increasing parent involvement and fundraising, and having a positive season of overall growth and development. Coach Wescott is excited to begin this work with our program and continue it for seasons to come.
Frederick Reynolds – Named New Head Girls’ Wrestling Coach
Reynolds enters his first year at Kingsway Regional as a Teacher in the School of Health Professions, and will come aboard as Head Coach for the Dragons Girls’ Wrestling program this winter. Coach Reynolds was an assistant coach for the non-profit, “Beat the Streets” with the George Washington (Phila.) High School program. There he specialized in training with upper weight classes, and this dedication, along with the perseverance of his wrestlers, translated into a District-12 (PA) championship. Reynolds is a former high school wrestler and has spent the past fifteen years as an outreach athletic trainer, providing medical coverage for several high schools throughout Philadelphia.
Coach Reynolds is excited to take over a storied program that is the first and largest girls wrestling program in the State of New Jersey. Reynolds plans to build on the positive culture and environment that already exists with the program.
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About Kingsway’s Athletic Programs
Kingsway Regional High School competes in the Tri-County Conference Royal Division, which is composed of schools whose enrollments vary greatly for grades 9-12, operating under the supervision of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA). The mission of the Tri-County Conference is to provide opportunities for schools to work closely together, while promoting educational experiences for student athletes, which will benefit them throughout their lives. The Conference will foster an educationally sound environment that values good sportsmanship, fair play, and a wholesome relationship among participants, spectators, schools, and communities. You can learn more about Kingsway’s athletic program by visiting the website at www.krsd.org/domain/115.
About the Kingsway Regional School District
Kingsway is a limited purpose regional school district that offers its students a rigorous academic program and a myriad of enrichment programs and services for students in grades 7 to 12. Kingsway Regional Middle School (grades 7 to 8) and Kingsway Regional High School (grades 9 to 12) cater to the individual needs of our students and promote opportunities for students to pursue their own areas of interest. Our population of approximately 2,900 students is multicultural and reflects the diversity of the communities it serves. Its mission is to ensure that all students receive rigorous and engaging instructional experiences that promote high levels of student achievement, including those with diverse learning needs. To learn more, visit the District’s website at www.krsd.org.