Our goal is to create a team from a group of players and to win a NEPSSA championship by playing high level soccer with class and integrity. We truly believe it is not whether you win or lose, but how you play the game. We strive to keep the student first in student-athlete and have our players be leading students and citizens of our school community. Players are mentored to make the connection between lessons learned through athletic competition and their everyday lives.
Coach Finberg joined the South Kent community in 2004. He came to South Kent after four highly successful years at West Nottingham Academy in Maryland. He brings discipline, professional training and a family atmosphere to his teams and these characteristics have led to many successes during his eight seasons at South Kent. The South Kent Soccer program is coming off its fifth consecutive New England Championship in the last six seasons. Last season, South Kent defeated no. 1 seed Lawrence Academy in the Championship match on penalty kicks. The Cardinals defeated Brooks School 3-0 in the 2011 championship match, they downed Noble and Greenough School 2-1 in 2010's title match, bested Kimball Union Academy 2-0 to claim the crown in 2009; South Kent previously won the Class B title in 2008 with a 3-1 victory over Rivers School and the 2006 Class C title with a 3-2 extra time victory over Hebron Academy. During his time on “the hillside” Coach Finberg has won several coaching awards, being named small school prep school coach of the year by the Connecticut Soccer Coaches Association in 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 as well as Prep School Coach of the Year in 2008. In 2008 he also won the Joshua Krusewski “Outstanding Young Coach” Award from the Connecticut Junior Soccer Association and the New England Private School Coach of the Year from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America and Adidas. Also, the 2007 and 2011 teams were recognized with the Sportsmanship Award from the Western Connecticut Soccer Officials Association. In addition to coaching on the scholastic level, Coach Finberg has also worked with the Olympic Development Program (ODP) of U.S. Soccer. Coach Finberg has coached internationally at the Gothia Cup, Dana Cup, Lake Como Cup, Rangers Football Club Invitational, Watford and London International Festival of Football, and the Manchester Football Festival. In 2008 he led his U-19 club team to the Connecticut State Cup Championship and won the U-18 Connecticut State Cup Championship in 2010. He has also led the USL Super-20 team to the national finals and coached in the US Soccer Development Academy. In 2014 he coached the U-19 Connecticut State Cup Champions for Beachside Soccer Club. After the success of the 2015 Prep Soccer team, which captured another National Title after an undefeated season, Coach Finberg was awarded the 2015 National Coach of the Year Award in the Private/Parochial Boys Soccer Category from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). Coach Finberg holds his Premier Diploma from the same group (NSCAA), and an "A" license from the United States Soccer Federation (USSF).
Walter Moore returns to the soccer coaching sidelines for the sixth consecutive season. Before coming to the hillside, Walter coached soccer for 19 years at Darrow School in New Lebanon, NY. He took teams to the NEPSAC Class D tournament in 1992, 1993, 1994, and again in 1998. From ’92 to ’94, his teams posted a 40-0-3 regular season record. He has been a member of the Western New England Prep School Soccer Association’s executive committee. He has coached the WNEPSSA all-star team and the NEPSSA senior all-star team.
Hank McWhinnie, a long time high school soccer enthusiast, is back on staff as a eigth year assistant coach. The Kent resident's knowledge and motivational skills have been key to the team's last four New England titles.
Carlos Almeida returns for his third season as the goalkeeper coach for the program. Coach Almeida played on two NCAA College Cup teams at UCONN, winning the 1981 National Championship. Prior to attending UCONN he was a standout goalkeeper for Danbury High School, earning all-region and all-state honors. He played after college for the renowned Danbury Portuguese Club. He has a wealth of experience coaching at the club, high school and college level as well as his own goalkeeper training school - CT Keeper. Coach Almeida holds licenses from the USSF and NSCAA.