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Ursuline hires Paul Kempe to lead baseball program

The Youngstown parochial school also named new tennis and swimming coaches.
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YOUNGSTOWN — Ursuline High School has named 2010 graduate Paul Kempe to take over the varsity baseball program.

Kempe, who teaches at Ursuline but is an assistant football coach for Niles High School, takes over for Matt Weymer, who recently stepped down.

Ursuline also announced Friday that Rob Stephens will take over the girls tennis program and Kristin Szabo will be the school's first swimming coach.

“We are excited to have the opportunity to offer swimming to our students," said John DeSantis, Ursuline athletic director, in a news release. "Kristin has been tasked with building programs from the ground up before and has been successful in doing so.

"We are confident that she will guide our student athletes to success both in and out of the pool.”  

Kempe, who was an Ursuline assistant coach for the baseball team, also has experience as an Ursuline assistant football coach. His father, Larry Kempe, was a longtime Ursuline varsity football coach.

Stephens previously served as the tennis coach at his alma mater, Canfield High School, and is also a tennis instructor at the Avalon Athletic Center in Boardman. He replaces Kent Blacksher who stepped down this spring. 

Szabo has more than 10 years of swimming coaching experience at all age levels. She is the head swim coach at Tippecanoe Country Club, a position she has held since 2012.

She served as the head swimming coach at South Range High School from 2012-21.