Kevin Costello is named Shipley head coach

The Shipley School has announced that Kevin Costello has been named the new head coach and Alex Lennon ‘ 09 the assistant head coach for the Gators girls’ varsity basketball team.

Costello, who spent the 2014-2015 season as a co-head coach of the 2014-15 PAISAA State Championship squad with Lennon, has been coaching in various positions for the last 12 years. In the five seasons Costello has been at Shipley (four years as an assistant and then as co-head coach), the Gators have won four Friends Schools League titles and three state titles.

Costello, who was a team basketball captain at Cornwall Central High School (N.Y.) and then went on to study history at Southern New Hampshire University, said, “I could not be more excited. I have had the privilege to be part of the program for five years and have gotten to know and work with a fabulous group students, parents, and fellow coaches. Our students are talented and committed players and even better people. And, their parents are incredibly supportive of the program. How could I ask for more?’

Lennon is a 2009 graduate of Shipley and 2013 graduate of West Chester University. At Shipley, she led the basketball team to two Friends Schools League titles and was a 1,000 point scorer. Lennon went on to West Chester University, where she received her Bachelors of Science degree in Liberal Arts with a concentration in exercise science and athletic coaching.

On the court at West Chester, Lennon received many honors including PSAC East Defensive Player of the Year for back-to-back seasons. Lennon is a 1,000 point scorer as well as holds the record for career block shots at WCU. Lennon has coached in many different AAU organizations including the Delaware County Sparks and Chester County Ravens.

Lennon has been back on The Shipley School girls’ basketball staff for the last two seasons opted to become an assistant coach (rather than continue as a co-head coach) in order to free up some time to finishing her graduate school work at Lock Haven University where she is pursuing a degree in Sports Management.

Shipley athletic director Mark Duncan said, “Coach Costello and Coach Lennon work incredibly well together and are excited about the future of the program. They look forward to working with fellow coaches Bryan Bendowski and Diane DiBonaventuro to develop the players and continue the success developed by previous coach Sean Costello, who left Shipley the fall of 2014 to become the assistant women’s’ basketball coach at Appalachian State University. We look forward to another successful season for our state champion girls’ basketball team.’

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