Larry Kennan

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Larry Kennan
Sport(s) Football
Current position
Title Head coach
Team Incarnate Word
Conference Southland
Record 19–36
Biographical details
Born (1944-06-13) June 13, 1944 (age 72)
Pomona, California
Playing career
1962–1965 La Verne
Position(s) Quarterback
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1966 La Verne (backfield)
1967–1968 Garden Grove HS (assistant)
1969–1971 Colorado (assistant)
1972 Arvada West HS (assistant)
1973–1975 UNLV (OC)
1976–1978 SMU (OC)
1979–1981 Lamar
1982 Los Angeles Raiders (QC)
1983–1987 Los Angeles Raiders (QB)
1988 Denver Broncos (WR)
1989–1990 Indianapolis Colts (OC)
1991 London Monarchs
1992–1994 Seattle Seahawks (OC/QB)
1995 New Orleans Saints (TE)
1996 Oakland Raiders (QB)
1997 New England Patriots (OC)
2012–present Incarnate Word
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
1998–2011 NFL Coaches Association (ED)
Head coaching record
Overall 32–53–3 (college)
11–1 (WLAF)
Tournaments 2–0 (WLAF)
Accomplishments and honors
WLAF Coach of the Year (1991)

Lawrence W. Kennan (born June 13, 1944) is an American football coach and former player. He is currently the head football coach at the University of the Incarnate Word, a position he assumed in December 2011. Kennan has previously served as the executive director of the NFL Coaches Association from 1998 until 2011. He was the head coach at Lamar University from 1979 to 1981, and for the London Monarchs of the World League of American Football (WLAF) in 1991.

Coaching career[edit]

Kennan's coaching career began at his alma mater La Verne in 1966. After a two-year stint at Garden Grove High School, he resumed his collegiate coaching career at Colorado in 1969 and then served as the offensive coordinator at UNLV (1973–75) and Southern Methodist (1976–78). He was named head coach at Lamar University in 1979, where he coached the Cardinals for three years.

Kennan joined the professional ranks in 1982 when Tom Flores named him quality control coach on his Los Angeles Raiders staff.[1] The following year, he was promoted to quarterbacks coach. He remained with the Raiders for six seasons, before joining the Denver Broncos as the wide receivers coach in 1988. In 1989, Kennan was named the offensive coordinator of the Indianapolis Colts.

After two seasons, he was named head coach of the London Monarchs of the World League of American Football. That year, he led the Monarchs to a 9–1 regular season record and captured the inaugural World Bowl title with a 21–0 victory over the Barcelona Dragons.[2] He returned to the NFL in 1992 when he was named the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach of the Seattle Seahawks, where he remained through the 1994 season.[3]

In 1995, he joined Jim Mora’s staff in New Orleans, where he instructed the Saints tight ends for a year before re-joining the Raiders in 1996.[4] After one season as Oakland's quarterbacks coach, Kennan was hired by Pete Carroll as offensive coordinator of the New England Patriots.

In December 2011, after 14 years out of coaching, Kennan succeeded Mike Santiago as the head football coach at the University of the Incarnate Word.[5]

Head coaching record[edit]


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Lamar Cardinals (Southland Conference) (1979–1981)
1979 Lamar 6–3–2 3–2 3rd
1980 Lamar 3–8 1–4 5th
1981 Lamar 4–6–1 1–3–1 5th
Lamar: 13–17–3 5–9–1
Incarnate Word Cardinals (Lone Star Conference) (2012)
2012 Incarnate Word 2–9 1–7 T–8th
Incarnate Word Cardinals (NCAA Division I FCS independent) (2013)
2013 Incarnate Word 6–5
Incarnate Word Cardinals (Southland Conference) (2014–present)
2014 Incarnate Word 2–9 2–6 9th
2015 Incarnate Word 6–5 5–4 4th
2016 Incarnate Word 3–8 3–6 T-8th
2017 Incarnate Word 0–0 0–0
Incarnate Word: 19–36 11–23
Total: 32–53–3


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
London Monarchs (World League of American Football) (1991)
1991 London Monarchs 11–1 1–1 1st (European) W World Bowl '91
London Monarchs: 11–1
Total: 11–1


  1. ^ Rogers, Thomas (June 7, 1982). "Quality-Control Engineer". The New York Times. Retrieved August 3, 2014. 
  2. ^ Associated Press (June 10, 1991). "London Monarchs Rule the WLAF With 21-0 Victory Over Barcelona". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved August 3, 2014. 
  3. ^ Smith, Craig (January 8, 1992). "Flores Lures WLAF Coach — Kennan Takes Over Seahawk Offense". The Seattle Times. Retrieved August 3, 2014. 
  4. ^ Kroichick, Ron (February 28, 1996). "Raiders Hire Coach Who Can Go Deep". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved August 3, 2014. 
  5. ^ Flores, David (December 15, 2011). "Former college, NFL coach Kennan 'excited' after accepting UIW job offer". Retrieved December 16, 2011.