Longtime Senator adds another title: Turner new Dover High athletic director

Kevin Turner

DOVER — Kevin Turner has spent much of his life around Dover High.

He’s been a student, coach, paraprofessional, teacher and administrator.

As of Monday night, the 47-year-old added another job to that list — athletic director.

The Capital School District board officially accepted the search committee’s recommendation to hire Turner as its new AD at a special meeting on Monday.

Turner, a 1988 Dover grad, replaces Aaron Harris, who was hired as the Smyrna High wrestling coach last month.

A former baseball and football player, Turner has been going to Senator games since he was a little kid.

“I feel like my experiences within the school, and then my love of athletics, combine really well to put me in a spot where I can support the administration, I can support the coaches, I can support the student-athletes and the parents,” said Turner.

“I just feel like all my experiences in one big pool kind of give me a lot to offer all the people that are involved with athletics at Dover High School — and the rest of the district as well.”

Turner is a previous baseball head coach for the Senators and is still active in coaching at Dover Little League.

After spending the last eight years as an assistant principal at Dover, Turner already knows most of the Senators’ coaches well and even played a part in hiring some of them.

He’ll have to fill two head coaching vacancies. Harris was also Dover’s wrestling coach while veteran tennis coach Richard Duke has retired.

“I think, overall, our pool of coaches is as good as any,” said Turner. “I think we have an incredibly hard-working bunch of coaches. They don’t do it to make money, that’s for sure.

“Since I coached, I’m well aware of the rigor that the seasons challenge you with. Dealing with teenaged student-athletes is sometimes challenging in itself but I think we have a great group of people to move forward with.”

Since Dover High’s facilities are only four years old, Turner knows he’s stepping into a good situation from that standpoint. He said he’d like to see the school continue to host a large portion of DIAA state tournaments and other events.

Unlike Harris, though, Turner won’t be coaching a sport as well as being an athletic director.

“Aaron Harris did a fabulous job,” said Turner. “But to run a tournament and then also coach your team at the same time, that’s just a monumental challenge.”

Given his time with the school, Turner said he’d like Dover to celebrate its athletic history and traditions more than it has. He’s at least the first Senator AD who’s also a Dover grad in a very long time.

Turner would like the school to have its own Hall of Fame.

“I don’t think it’s any one person’s fault,” said Turner. “I think it’s just when you have folks who aren’t necessarily homegrown … they’re doing a great job but they don’t have that sense of family or community as maybe I do.

“There’s names and stories and teams that need to be acknowledged. The fact that Mike Meade’s name is not up on the wall somewhere, some of our golf champions. … I haven’t forgotten those names. They gave a lot to the school and we can do a lot to celebrate their accomplishments and create tradition along the way.”

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