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Kent Drake

Head Coach
Email: kent.drake@ketteringschools.org

Phone: 937-499-1640

Coach Drake enters his 9th year as the head coach for the Firebirds. Over the past eight years, Coach Drake led the Firebirds to a 120-101 record.  Under Drake the Firebirds have won a GWOC Central Championship (2016) a District Championship (2009), Regional Runners up Trophy (2009), and a District Runners-up trophy (2010). 

During the 2015 season, Coach Drake was named GWOC Central Coach of the Year.

In 2005, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013 Coach Drake was chosen by his peers to coach at the Bob Ross Classic. Other coaching stints of Coach Drake’s have included, Bellbrook High School, Fairmont JV, Van Buren Middle School, and Crestview High School ACME team. Coach Drake teaches Business, Computers, and Credit Recovery Fairmont High School. This is his 16th year of teaching.

Coach Drake graduated from Crestview High School in Convoy, OH in 1996 where he was a three year letter winner in baseball. In 1995, the Knights advanced to the Regional semi-finals. In 2001, Coach Drake graduated from Bowling Green State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Education. Also in 2005, Coach Drake received his Master’s Degree from Capella University. Coach Drake resides in Kettering with his beautiful wife, Lacy, their wonderful daughter Colbie, and their three dogs; Peyton, Oscar and Wilson.

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Tyler Kilburn

Assistant Varsity Coach 

Tyler Kilburn is joining the Fairmont Baseball Coaching Staff for his 5th year of service as Varsity Pitching Coach. Kilburn is a 2006 graduate of Fairmont where he was a four year letter winner in golf, a three year letter winner in baseball, and received multiple scholar athlete awards. Kilburn was a state qualifier for golf his senior year and still holds school records for both sports including: Golf -lowest season average (37.0), Baseball – career games as a pitcher (30), career complete games as a pitcher (12). 

After high school, Tyler went on to play both baseball and golf at Danville Area Community College in Danville, Illinois. During his two year stent in Danville, Kilburn was an important part of both the golf and baseball teams and finished his baseball career with a record of 8-2 on the mound, along with a career 2.64 ERA. After graduating from DACC with an Associate of Arts and Science degree, Kilburn returned home to play golf and complete his education at Miami University – Middletown. He graduated from Miami University with a Bachelor of Integrative Studies Degree with focuses in Geographic Information Sciences (GIS) and Art/Design. Along with coaching the Firebirds, Tyler is the Youth Group Director, and Media Ministry Leader where he attends church in Tipp City. Tyler lives in Kettering with his wife, Brittany.

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Kevin Whitaker

JV Coach

Coach Whitaker enters his fifth season with the Fairmont Baseball Program, and 3rd consecutive season at the helm of the JV squad. Following his 19-4 Championship season as the Head Freshman Coach, he has had continued success at the Junior Varsity level.

A graduate of Oakwood High School in 2000, Coach Whitaker was a three year letter winner in both baseball and football. He earned First Team SWBL Honors in 1999 and 2000 for his achievements on the baseball diamond, and was a three time SWBL Scholar Athlete.

For the 15 years, Coach Whitaker has been involved with youth sports. He was a Program Coordinator for the YMCA of Greater Dayton, where he oversaw Pre-School and After Care Programs. While with the YMCA, he had the privilege of coaching T-Ball for youth in Trotwood as well as running a Health and Fitness program for hundreds of children in the Dayton region. Kevin made the jump to high school athletics in 2012.

Aside from baseball, Coach Whitaker was also the JV Golf Coach at Oakwood High School from 2014-2016. He has a passion for coaching high school athletics, and looks forward to continue building a strong Baseball program at Fairmont High School.

Coach Whitaker is the Safety Director for Ascent Safety Solutions, in Cincinnati. He lives in Kettering with his wife, Sarah and son Liam, who are also avid baseball fans.

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Zach Yike

Assistant Varsity Coach

Coach Yike is entering his 3rd year in the Fairmont Baseball program and his 2nd with the Varsity team. He is a 2006 graduate of Fairmont High School where he lettered in both swimming and baseball.  As a baseball player at Fairmont, he was a 1st Team All GWOC Selection and Honorable Mention All State his senior year. He went on to play college baseball at the University of Akron and earned his degree in Middle Childhood Education.  He recently completed his Master’s in Athletic Administration from Ohio University

He currently is in his 5th year teaching fifth grade math at John F. Kennedy Elementary, and coaches JV Women’s Basketball for the Firebirds.  Coach Yike resides in Kettering with his wife, Kylie, son Andrew (AJ) and their two dogs, Annie and Brady.

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Matt Mahaffey

Assistant Coach

Coach Mahaffey will be entering his 3rd season as an assistant coach for the Fairmont Firebird baseball program.

Matt is a 1996 graduate of Kettering Faimont High School where he was a two year varsity baseball letter winner. In 95′ he was 1st team honorable mention as a junior in the W.O.L. (Western Ohio League). In 96′ he was 1st team all league W.O.L. as a senior.

Matt has been involved in coaching baseball for 15 years.  4 years as an asst. coach for the Kettering Bucks and EKRC Firebird summer select programs. He has spent the last 4 seasons as the head coach in the Gem City Throwbacks organization where they have competed against some of the finest talent in the Tri-State area.  Mahaffey is currently the head coach for the U15 Throwbacks.

Coach Mahaffey still resides in Kettering with his wife of 17 years and his 3 sons Colton, Brandon, and Austin.

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Greg Silverman

Freshman Coach

Coach Silverman is in his 2nd year coaching Fairmont baseball. This is his 6th year of coaching, with previous tenures as an assistant at Kettering Middle School and as the JV Head Coach at West Carrollton High School, where he also coached football. 

Coach Silverman is also in his second year of teaching at Fairmont. He teaches American Government and Psychology. From 2011-2015, he was a social studies teacher at West Carrollton High School. He holds a B.S. Ed. degree from Ohio University and a M.Ed. degree from Wright State University. Coach Silverman and his wife, Marie, who teaches English at Fairmont, live in Kettering and have a one-year-old son, Tyler. 

Coach Silverman is a Firebird baseball alum. He played from 2004-2007, earning two varsity letters, a team MVP, MVBCA All-Area, and two second-team All-GWOC awards as a Pitcher and a DH. He continued playing at Ohio University on the club team, winning an NCBA Mid-Atlantic Conference title in 2008. In high school, Coach Silverman was also a three-year letter winner in football.

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