Pat Kennedy

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Pat Kennedy
Pat Kennedy.jpg
Sport(s) Basketball
Biographical details
Born (1952-01-05) January 5, 1952 (age 63)
Keyport, New Jersey
Playing career
1971–1973 King's College
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Iona (asst.)
Florida State
Accomplishments and honors
Metro Tournament Championship (1991)
MAAC Tournament Championship (1982, 1984, 1985)
MAAC Regular Season Championship (1983, 1984, 1985)
For the basketball referee, see Matthew "Pat" Kennedy

Pat Kennedy (born January 5, 1952) is a former American college basketball coach. He was previously the men's basketball coach at Towson University, Iona College, Florida State University, DePaul University, Pace University and the University of Montana.

Kennedy is a native of Keyport, New Jersey,[1] and attended Red Bank Catholic High School.[2] He is a 1975 graduate of King's College. After college, he became an assistant coach to Jim Valvano at Iona. In 1979 when Valvano left for North Carolina State University, Kennedy took the head job at Iona at the age of 27. In six years, he led the Gaels to two NIT and two NCAA tournament appearances. He compiled a 124–60 record while at Iona.

After Iona, Kennedy went to Florida State. He would spend 11 years in Tallahassee, leading the Seminoles to 2 NIT and 5 NCAA tournament appearances including a Sweet Sixteen and Elite 8 appearances. During his tenure at FSU, he won 203 games and lost 130. During the Seminoles first year in the ACC, he was the ACC Coach of the Year in 1992 and led FSU to back to back 2nd place finishes in the ACC.

He was appointed to succeed Joey Meyer as head coach at DePaul on June 12, 1997. The Blue Demons had won 5 games in the final Meyer season. [3] In 2000, Kennedy led the Blue Demons to their first NCAA appearance in eight years. Kennedy was one of the youngest coaches to ever take three programs to the NCAA tournament. While in Chicago, Kennedy compiled the number one recruiting class in the country and took the team to the NIT and NCAA in his second and third season. DePaul was the first program to lose five underclassmen in a two year period to the NBA in 2000 and 2001.

In 2002, Kennedy was hired to coach Montana. While at Montana, Kennedy served as the President of the NABC (National Association of Basketball Coaches). His two year record with the Grizzlies was 23–35 before he left to take the head coaching job at Towson University in 2004. At the end of the 2010–11 season, Kennedy was fired as Towson's head coach ending 31 consecutive years as a D-1 head coach.

On May 7, 2013 Kennedy accepted the head coaching job at Pace, a Division II school who competes in the Northeast-10 Conference. During his second year at Pace, Kennedy won his 499th game against Stonehill College on January 10, 2015. Kennedy parted ways with Pace on March 2, 2015. [4]

College Coaching Record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Iona (MAAC) (1980–1986)
1980–81 Iona 15–14 N/A N/A
1981–82 Iona 24–9 N/A N/A NIT
1982–83 Iona 22–9 N/A N/A NIT Second Round
1983–84 Iona 23–8 N/A N/A NCAA First Round
1984–85 Iona 26–5 N/A N/A NCAA First Round
1985–86 Iona 14–15 N/A N/A
Iona: 124–60 N/A
Florida State (Metro Conference / ACC) (2011–present)
1986–87 Florida State 19–11 6–6 N/A NIT Second Round
1987–88 Florida State 19–11 7–5 N/A NCAA First Round
1988–89 Florida State 22–8 9–3 N/A NCAA First Round
1989–90 Florida State 16–15 6–8 N/A
1990–91 Florida State 21–11 9–5 N/A NCAA Second Round
1991–92 Florida State 22–10 11–5 N/A NCAA Sweet 16
1992–93 Florida State 25–10 12–4 N/A NCAA Elite Eight
1993–94 Florida State 13–14 6–10 N/A
1994–95 Florida State 12–15 5–11 N/A
1995–96 Florida State 13–14 5–11 N/A
1996–97 Florida State 20-12 6–10 N/A NIT Runner-up. Title later vacated by Michigan but no win to FSU
Florida State: 202-131 82–78
DePaul (Conference USA) (1997–2002)
1997–98 DePaul 7–23 N/A N/A
1998–99 DePaul 18–13 N/A N/A NIT Second Round
1999–00 DePaul 21–12 N/A N/A NCAA First Round
2000–01 DePaul 12–18 N/A N/A
2001–02 DePaul 9–19 N/A N/A
DePaul: 67–85
Montana (Big Sky Conference) (2002–2004)
2002–03 Montana 13–17 7–7 4th
2003–04 Montana 10–18 6–8 7th
Montana: 23–35 13–15
Towson (Colonial Athletic Association) (2004–2011)
2004–05 Towson 5–24 2–16 10th
2005–06 Towson 12–16 8–10 8th
2006–07 Towson 15–17 8–10 8th
2007–08 Towson 13–18 7–11 9th
2008–09 Towson 12–22 5–13 10th
2009–10 Towson 10–21 5–13 8th
2010–11 Towson 4–26 0–18 12th
Towson: 71–144 39–78
Pace (Northeast-10 Conference) (2013–2015)
2013–14 Pace 7-19 5-15 6th SW Division
2014–15 Pace 5-23 1-19 7th SW Division
Pace: 12-42 6-34
Total: 499-497

      National champion         Postseason invitational 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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