Tori Kenno has always been a part of winning teams on the volleyball court. As a senior at Magruder High School, Kenno helped propel a Colonels team that went 24-1 and reached the state finals.
The following fall, when Kenno was a freshman on the Montgomery College volleyball team, the team set the school record for wins and finished sixth in the country. Hired this past July as the new head coach of the Raptors, Kenno hopes to rekindle the fire she ignited during her volleyball career.
As a 2012 graduate of the College and having recently earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Maryland, Kenno knows her age will surprise opposing players and coaches.
“I didn’t think I would have a shot at head coach because I was so young,” said Kenno, who was coaching the junior varsity volleyball team at Magruder when she got an e-mail from Raptors Assistant Coach Dan Smith asking if she was interested in coaching. She decided the opportunity was a great fit. “I feel I can relate to the girls since I just went through this and I know what the expectations are at Montgomery College,” she said.
Kenno made All-Region as a freshman and earned MD-JUCO Student Athlete of the Month as a sophomore. She also played softball for MC and helped Smith coach before graduating from MC. Today, Kenno is a paraeducator at Walter Johnson High School while also coaching a club team.
Kenno’s first year will certainly be a challenge as the Raptors have only two returning players. However, the coach is familiar with many players on her new team as she has coached at the club level or competed against many of her first crop of recruits.
“They have a lot of learning to do, including learning how each other plays, learning everyone’s range to see who can get to what ball, and learning everyone’s playing style,” Kenno says. “But I think they should be able to hold their own and win.”