January 5, 1952 |
Keyport, New Jersey
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|Accomplishments and honors|
- 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, and attended Red Bank Catholic High School. 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.  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. 
College Coaching Record
|Iona (MAAC) (1980–1986)|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|1996–97||Florida State||20-12||6–10||N/A||NIT Runner-up. Title later vacated by Michigan but no win to FSU|
|DePaul (Conference USA) (1997–2002)|
|1998–99||DePaul||18–13||N/A||N/A||NIT Second Round|
|1999–00||DePaul||21–12||N/A||N/A||NCAA First Round|
|Montana (Big Sky Conference) (2002–2004)|
|Towson (Colonial Athletic Association) (2004–2011)|
|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|
National champion Postseason invitational champion
- "Towson Names Kennedy Men's Basketball Coach", WYFF, May 10, 2004. Accessed December 20, 2007.
- Pat Kennedy, Towson Tigers. Accessed December 20, 2007. "Pat attended Red Bank (N.J.) Catholic High School, home of the Fighting Caseys."
- Jauss, Bill. "New Blue Demons Coach Combines Styles Of Valvano, Al McGuire," Chicago Tribune, Friday, June 13, 1997.