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Bill Kenney (American football coach)

Bill Kenney is an American football coach currently serving as the offensive line coach at Western Michigan University.[1][2] Prior to working at Western Michigan, Kenney coached for over two decades under Joe Paterno for the Penn State Nittany Lions and was a graduate assistant for the Nebraska Cornhuskers. He played collegiate football at Norwich University.

Bill Kenney
Current position
TitleOffensive line coach
TeamWestern Michigan
ConferenceMid-American Conference
Biographical details
BornRandolph, Massachusetts
Alma materNorwich University
Playing career
1978–1981Norwich University
Position(s)Tight end, fullback
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1982Norwich (OB)
1983–1984Dennis-Yarmouth HS (asst.)
1985Lincoln (NE) HS (asst.)
1986–1987Nebraska (GA)
1988Penn State (GA)
1989–1991Penn State (OL)
1992–1995Penn State (RC)
1993–1999Penn State (OL)
2000–2011Penn State (OT/TE)
2013–2018Western Michigan (OT/TE)
2019–PresentWestern Michigan (AHC/TE)


Playing careerEdit

Kenney attended Norwich University where he played football as a tight end and fullback. At Norwich, he was a three-year starter and, during his senior season in 1981, was the co-captain of the squad.[3]

Coaching careerEdit

The year after his playing career ended, he remained at his alma mater and served as the offensive backfield coach in 1982. For the next three years, he served as an assistant coach at two high schools: Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School and Lincoln High School.[4] He then moved back to the college level where, from 1986 to 1987 he served as a graduate assistant at the University of Nebraska. In 1988, he went to Penn State, where he would work for the next 23 years, as a graduate assistant. While at Penn State, he served in a variety of positions including offensive line coach, recruiting coordinator, and offensive tackles/tight ends coach. When new coach Bill O'Brien was hired in 2012, Kenney was not retained.[5] After not coaching during the 2012 season, he was hired on February 26, 2013 to serve as the offensive line coach at Western Michigan.[3][6] During his coaching career, Kenney has coached 8 All-Big Ten honorees, 6 All-Americans, 10 Academic All-Americans and 47 Academic All-Big Ten honorees.[2]


Kenney is a native of Randolph, Massachusetts. He is married to Kathryn, with whom he has had three children.[7]


  1. ^ Flounders, Bob (26 February 2013). "New Homes: Former PSU assistants Bill Kenney, Kermit Buggs land jobs at Western Michigan, Connecticut". Harrisburg Patriot-News. Retrieved 24 March 2013.
  2. ^ a b Drew, David (26 February 2013). "WMU football hires former Penn State assistant Bill Kenney as offensive line coach". Kalamazoo Gazette. Retrieved 24 March 2013.
  3. ^ a b "Bill Kenney Bio". - Official Web Site of Western Michigan Athletics. Western Michigan University. Archived from the original on 5 December 2014. Retrieved 24 March 2013.
  4. ^ "125 Years of Nittany Lion Football" (PDF). 2011. p. 28. Retrieved 6 June 2016.
  5. ^ Rittenberg, Adam. "O'Brien retains Ron Vanderlinden at PSU". Big Ten Blog - ESPN. ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved 24 March 2013.
  6. ^ Gross, Mike (6 March 2013). "Penn State hopes Scott will be great". Lancaster Newspapers. Archived from the original on 12 April 2013. Retrieved 24 March 2013.
  7. ^ "Bill Kenney Profile". Penn State Official Athletic Site. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 24 March 2013.