For the Love of Coaching

For YMCA of Greater Brandywine recreational sports coach Todd Kinkus, playing sports isn’t just about learning how to be good at a sport—it’s also about being a good person.

“Compared to lots of other sports teams, the Y’s rec sports league program is more of a community experience,” he says. “It offers good examples for kids and it provides a good foundation for sports—not just in terms of winning and losing—but for the foundation of the player.”

Kinkus, who’s been coaching soccer, basketball and hockey for nearly seven years—close to 20 seasons in all—appreciates the Y’s emphasis on teaching and nurturing young players. “From a coaching standpoint, I’ve tried to incorporate the Y’s core values—being a good teammate, being a good sport and supporting teammates from the sideline—into all I do as a coach. The Y’s core values have guided me,” says Kinkus.

Kinkus volunteers his time coaching sports at the Y; and while he could be doing many other things with his free time, the benefits he receives from coaching are what keep him coming back. “I really enjoy the chance to see each child’s growth when that light bulb goes off. I’m excited when I hear from a parent that their child is having a great time and loving playing. That’s probably the biggest thing I get out of being a coach—knowing that the child and their parents have a great experience and want to come back,” he says.

Registration is now open for the YMCA's 2017-2018 Recreational Sports Leagues for kids ages 3-15. See what's available!


If you are interested in coaching or have additional questions about our rec leagues, please connect with any of our Regional Sports Directors:

Cameron Baker, Regional Sports Director
Brandywine YMCA and Lionville YMCA
610-380-9622, ext. 2470 

Sean Oakes, Regional Sports Director
Jennersville YMCA and Kennett Area YMCA
610-644-9622, ext. 2326

Taylor Wyly, Regional Sports Director
Oscar Lasko YMCA and Childcare Center and Upper Main Line YMCA
610-696-9622, ext. 2811