Karen Kohn

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The preeminent girl’s high school coach in Delaware over three decades, Karen Kohn produced powerhouse field hockey and basketball teams at A. I. du Pont. In her 20 years as A. I. basketball coach, her teams went 227-86 (.725), making her the state’s winningest girl’s coach when her tenure ended in 1986. Her Tigers won the state championship in 1977, finishing second the year before. Her teams also reached the final four three other times, and won 11 Blue Hen Conference titles. She was named the state girl’s basketball coach of the year in 1968, 1977 and 1986.

During Kohn’s tenure as field hockey coach, 1966-1990, A.I. won eight Blue Hen Conference titles, and repeated as state champions in 1975 and 1976. Over her 25 seasons, the Tigers went 202-69 (.745) in field hockey. She was the state’s coach of the year in 1967, 1976 and 1986. Kohn played a pivotal role in the advancement of girls sports, held leadership positions in coaches’ associations, positively influenced girls throughout the state and received the Pioneer Award from the Delaware Women’s Alliance for Sports and Fitness in 2004.

When A.I. was without a girls track coach in the late 1970’s, she learned the sport and helped one of her athletes develop into a state champion. She was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame in 1988 at Ursinus College, where she starred in basketball and also lettered in field hockey, softball and lacrosse.



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