By ricklakin

A local coaching and broadcasting icon who is
well known and respected throughout the San Diego sports community, John
Kentera begins his fifth season as general manager of the San Diego
Sockers, including his second year as vice president of operations.
Under his direction, the Sockers have fashioned a 58-6 record in the
Professional Arena Soccer League during the regular season, and have won three
PASL championships. Kentera was instrumental in moving the team back to its
original home, the Valley View Casino Center in San Diego, where the Sockers
enjoyed their best attendance in 2012-13 since their return to action. With a
relentless focus on improving the team on the field and in the community, and a
dedication to building the Sockers’ status as a key part of the San Diego
sports landscape, Kentera remains the driving force behind the Sockers’ front

A standout student-athlete in basketball,
football and baseball at Torrey Pines High School, Kentera went on to play
basketball and baseball collegiately at Mira Costa College, eventually earning
a full-ride basketball scholarship at United States International University.
After a knee injury ended his athletic career at USIU, Kentera graduated from college
and began his coaching career, a seventeen year journey that would earn him his
on-air nickname of “The Coach”. John began as an assistant baseball
coach at Torrey Pines from 1979-81, then moved on to coach at Mira Costa and
Southwestern community colleges, and eventually rose to the position of
recruiting coordinator and assistant coach at Texas Tech University. Kentera
returned home to raise his family in his hometown of San Diego in 1987, and
continued to coach another seven years of high school sports at Torrey Pines.

It was also in 1987 that Kentera’s broadcasting
career began, a career that has continued and thrived ever since. Starting at
690 XTRA Gold in 1987, “The Coach” was on hand when the station
converted to XTRA Sports 690 in 1990, one of the legendary sports-talk radio
stations on the West Coast. Kentera has worked at The Mighty 1090 sports radio
since its inception in 2003, and currently serves as the host of a nightly
three-hour show from 6-9pm as well as hosting duties for the San Diego Padres
pre-and-postgame shows. His “High School Scoreboard Show” has been on
the air since 1991 and has served as a staple of the high school sports
coverage scene in San Diego. John’s on-air and broadcasting credits on
television and radio include the San Diego Chargers, Los Angeles Kings, SDSU
and USD football and basketball, and high school CIF championships in both
football and basketball.

John, 55, lives in Solana Beach with his wife
Kelly, and is the proud father of daughters Brooke and Ashley and two

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