Summer of 2015 has not been a vacation for Patrick Kilby.
He’s worked every day.
But enjoyed every minute.
Phone calls, organizing uniforms, inventory and learning about his new facilities after accepting the head coaching position at Cape Henlopen High School.
It has not been all easy for the 33-year-old Kilby. It was a difficult decision to leave Sussex Central after six years.
“It’s very tough to leave Central,” Kilby said. “When I started there, three-win program, and now we’re winning nine, 10 or 11 games a year.”
Kilby felt the timing was right, however, not being sure if the opportunity to take over the Vikings would come up again.
He will take over the Cape program that went 28-2 in the last two years, falling in the state semifinal each year.
He couldn’t be more excited, he said to the auditorium of soccer players and parents at Cape Henlopen High School on June 29, holding his first interest meeting.
“Sussex Central had a lot of talent — they really did,” Kilby said. “It’s a situation (now) where I’m going to come into a program that is classically trained. They play year-round. They play club ball.”
With the Golden Knights, Kilby said he was trying to train players like club athletes for three months out of the year.
Kilby will remain at Sussex Central to teach and is unsure what will happen in the spring. He was also the Knights’ girls soccer coach.
“It’s starting to sink in,” Kilby said. “All my ducks are starting to fall into a row here.”
The new Cape coach isn’t exactly sure what he will do with the tactics and strategies yet.
The Vikings will have a familiar face in Gary Montalto, who coached for three season with great success.
Jay Jenkins continued Cape’s run of success in his one season last year, and Kilby hopes to continue that all.
“It’s easy to say, ‘If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,’ ” Kilby said. “Then again, I haven’t seen these kids in a training atmosphere yet. I need to figure out what they bring to the table and go from there. I like to build my tactic around what the student-athlete brings to the table.”
Athletic Director Bob Cilento said Kilby seems excited for the job and the program is in a really good place.
“Keep it rolling,” Cilento said.
One interesting factor that was duly noted by the potential Viking players was the matchup with Indian River, who is coached by Kilby’s father, Steve.
The game on Sept. 29 will be one not to miss.
In fact, Patrick Kilby didn’t even tell his father about the interview until that morning.
That was difficult because he usually tells his father everything, he said.
“When I told him I was interviewing, he goes, ‘Wow, I didn’t know.’ I said, ‘I know you didn’t know.’ I wanted it that way,” Patrick Kilby said. “He said congratulations and the next day he showed up at my house with a Cape Henlopen polo for me.”
Expect that to be the only sign of peace this summer as fall soccer awaits.
“It’s not always the best Thanksgiving when he shows up at the dinner table, beating me once again,” Patrick Kilby said.
“But hopefully this year will be a different story.”
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