Tom Kenna has been hired to take over the Cape Coral High School boys' basketball program after the departure of Darrin Wallace.
"I am confident under coach Kenna's leadership the boys' basketball program will flourish," said Cape High principal Matt Maderios in a prepared statement. "Coach Kenna brings not only considerable knowledge and experience, but a positive and professional vision for the basketball program. The Cape High community is very excited to welcome him."
Maderios scheduled a community meet-and-greet with Kenna from 58 p.m. on Aug. 16 at Il Primo Pizza and Wings, 2209 Santa Barbara Blvd. Il Primo will donate 10 percent of the proceeds from the event to the basketball program for patrons wearing orange and blue or those who say they are with Cape Coral High.
Wallace took a teaching and basketball coaching position at Canterbury School in Fort Myers.
"The main reason I left was there was no teaching position at Cape," said Wallace. "Canterbury offered me a PE (physical education) position which is my certification."
Kenna played at St. Thomas University in Miami and has held several coaching positions at the collegiate level, including assistant coach at Long Beach State University. He also was interim head coach at Spring Hill College in Mobile, Ala., associate head coach at the University of California-San Diego and head coach at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Wash.
"Both education and athletics are important to me, so I feel fortunate to be able to coach at an educational institution that fosters and embraces individual thinking and ideas," said Kenna. "Cape High basketball fans can expect to see a strong defense and successful execution of our offense. I know Cape High has built a solid program and has enjoyed success in the conference and I want to build on that success and take it to the next level while providing an exciting brand of play."