Five Star Performer - Matt Kern

York girls basketball coach Matt Kern earns 200th career win
Published: Jan. 13, 2021 at 10:37 PM CST
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YORK, Neb. (KSNB) - York girls basketball is off to a 12-0 start. Last Saturday at Northwest Matt Kern earned his 200th win with the program.

“I’m real proud of just being here for such a long time and helping develop these kids, help pushing these kids in a game that they love and helping this community really fall in love with the girls basketball program,” Kern said. “I know there is a lot of support and a lot of people in the town who want to see us do well. And that makes me proud and I’m happy to be a small part of it.”

Kern’s players knew four games ahead of time how far away he was from the milestone.

“It felt really good to congratulate because throughout the season he’s been congratulating us,” York senior Maddie Portwine said. “Keeping track of all our records. It was nice to give back to him and show him we appreciate him as much as he appreciates us.”

Kern has coach at York since 2006, learning a lot about coaching and himself.

“I’ve learned to be more empathetic,” Kern said. “I’ve learned to really focus on culture and just love in general of each other.”

His devotion to his players is shown by the focus he has when they are playing and the care he shows for them beyond the court.

“I feel like I can share anything and bring anything out of basketball to him,” Portwine said. “I just feel comfortable with knowing that he has my back through anything.”

York is the top rated team in Class B. With that comes high expectations for them to be one of the last teams standing on Championship Saturday.

“It’s a long ways away and were nowhere near that at this point but we sure hope to be at some time,” Kern said.

It has been over 40 years since the Dukes hoisted a girls basketball trophy. With a perfect record through 12 games, York seems poised to be competing for another one come March.

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