Billy Kennedy (basketball)

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Billy Kennedy
Billy Kennedy 2009.jpg
Kennedy in 2009
Sport(s) Basketball
Current position
Title Head coach
Team Texas A&M
Biographical details
Born (1964-02-02) February 2, 1964 (age 50)
Metairie, Louisiana
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1985–1986
1986–1987
1987–1988
1988–1989
1989–1990
1990–1991
1991–1993
1993–1997
1997–1999
1999–2005
2005–2006
2006–2011
2011–present
Southeastern Louisiana (asst.)
New Orleans (asst.)
Wyoming (asst.)
Northwestern State (asst.)
Tulane (asst.)
Texas A&M (asst.)
Creighton (asst.)
California (asst.)
Centenary
Southeastern Louisiana
Miami (Florida) (asst.)
Murray State
Texas A&M
Head coaching record
Overall 241-207
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
Ohio Valley regular-season (2010, 2011)
Ohio Valley tournament (2010)
Southland regular-season (2004, 2005)
Southland tournament (2005)
Awards
Ohio Valley Coach of the Year (2010, 2011)
Southland Coach of the Year (2004)[1]

Billy Kennedy is the head men's basketball coach at Texas A&M University. He took over the position vacated by Mark Turgeon in May 2011. He previously held the same position at Murray State University for five seasons.

Kennedy previously held the same position at Centenary and Southeastern Louisiana. He has served 13 seasons as a collegiate head coach and 13 as an assistant.

Kennedy is a 1986 graduate of Southeastern Louisiana and 1984 graduate of Delgado Community College in New Orleans. He played basketball and attended Holy Cross High School in New Orleans.

Coaching career[edit]

Centenary[edit]

After serving 12 years as an assistant coach, including the previous four at California, Kennedy's first collegiate head coaching job came at Centenary. There, he took over a program that had won only 30 games in the previous three seasons. His first team won 10 games but his second improved to a 14-14 overall record and a 9-7 Trans America Athletic Conference mark, its best finish in five years.[2]

Southeastern Louisiana[edit]

Southeastern Louisiana hired Kennedy in 1999 and he steadily improved his alma mater, winning 10 games in his first season and doubling that total four seasons later, winning the Southland Conference regular-season championship. His sixth team went 24-9, the most wins in school history, and won both the conference regular-season and tournament titles. The Lions advanced to the NCAA tournament for the first time in school history, where it lost to Oklahoma State 63-50.

The Louisiana Sports Writers Association, the Louisiana Association of Basketball Coaches, and the National Association of Basketball Coaches (District 8) selected Kennedy coach of the year in 2004 and 2005.[3]

Kennedy resigned from his position at Southeastern Louisiana to become the associate head coach at Miami.[4]

Murray State[edit]

After serving one season as an assistant at Miami, Kennedy was named Murray State's 14th men's basketball coach in 2006.

Taking over a team with only one returning starter, he led the Racers to a 16-14 season and second-place finish in the Ohio Valley Conference. His next two squads won 18 and 19 games, again placing second in the conference regular-season standings, and advanced as far as the OVC tournament semifinals.

His fourth team at Murray State won more games than any in school history, reaching the second round of the NCAA tournament. The 13th-seeded Racers beat fourth-seed Vanderbilt University 66-65 in the first round in the West Regional at San Jose, California, before falling 54-52 to fifth-seeded Butler University in the second round, equaling the deepest run in the NCAA tournament in school history. During the season, the Racers won a school record 17 games in a row before losing 70-65 at Morehead State University on February 25, 2010. The Racers finished the season with a 31-5 record, including a 17-1 conference mark, and avenged their lone league loss with a 62-51 win over Morehead State in the OVC tournament championship game.

Kennedy was named 2010 OVC and National Association of Basketball Coaches (District 19) coach of the year.[5]

In 2010-11, Kennedy's Racers repeated as OVC regular-season champions but fell in the conference tournament semifinals. As OVC regular-season champions, Murray State earned a berth in the National Invitation Tournament where it lost 89-76 at Missouri State to finish with a 23-9 season record. Kennedy was again selected OVC coach of the year.

Texas A&M[edit]

Texas A&M hired Kennedy in May 2011 after Mark Turgeon left for the Maryland head coaching job. Kennedy previously coached at A&M from 1990-91. Kennedy stated at the press conference that A&M is his destination job and he plans to retire there.[6]

On October 27, 2011, it was announced that Kennedy had been diagnosed with early-stage Parkinson's Disease and would be leaving the team to undergo treatment. Kennedy said he planned to return following treatment and temporarily put Associate Coach Glynn Cyprien in charge of the team.[7] On November 13, 2011, in A&M's second game of the regular season, Kennedy returned to the bench for the Aggies' game against Southern.[8]

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Centenary (Trans America Athletic Conference) (1997–1999)
1997–98 Centenary 10-20 8-8 3rd - West
1998–99 Centenary 14-14 9-7 5th
Centenary: 24-34 (.414) 17-15 (.531)
Southeastern Louisiana (Southland Conference) (1999–2005)
1999–00 Southeastern Louisiana 10-17 5-13 T-9th
2000–01 Southeastern Louisiana 8-21 5-15 11th
2001–02 Southeastern Louisiana 7-20 6-14 10th
2002–03 Southeastern Louisiana 11-16 9-11 8th
2003–04 Southeastern Louisiana 20-9 11-5 T-1st
2004–05 Southeastern Louisiana 24-9 13-3 T-1st NCAA 1st Round
Southeastern Louisiana: 80-92 (.465) 49-61 (.445)
Murray State (Ohio Valley Conference) (2006–2011)
2006–07 Murray State 16-14 13-7 T-2nd
2007–08 Murray State 18-13 13-7 2nd
2008–09 Murray State 19-12 13-5 T-2nd
2009–10 Murray State 31-5 17-1 1st NCAA 2nd Round
2010–11 Murray State 23-9 14-4 1st NIT 1st Round
Murray State: 107-53 (.669) 70-24 (.745)
Texas A&M (Big 12 Conference) (2011–2012)
2011–12 Texas A&M 14-18 4-14 9th
Texas A&M (Southeastern Conference) (2012–present)
2012–13 Texas A&M 17-14 7-11 11th
2013–14 Texas A&M 18-16 8-10 9th
Texas A&M: 49-47 (.510) 19-35 (.352)
Total: 260-226 (.535)

      National champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

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