Pat Kennedy

Joseph Patrick Kennedy (born January 5, 1952) is an American former 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. Currently, Kennedy is a senior advisor for the Hoop Group and Be The Beast Recruiting.

Pat Kennedy
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Kennedy coaches Florida State in 1986.
Biographical details
Born (1952-01-05) January 5, 1952 (age 68)
Keyport, New Jersey
Alma materKing's College, Pennsylvania
Playing career
1971–1973King's (PA)
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1973–1975King's (PA) (JV)
1975–1977Lehigh (assistant)
1977–1980Iona (assistant)
1986–1997Florida State
Head coaching record
Tournaments6–8 (NCAA Division I)
7–5 (NIT)
Accomplishments and honors
3 MAAC Tournament (1982, 1984, 1985)
3 MAAC regular season (1983–1985)
Metro Tournament (1991)
MAAC Coach of the Year (1985)
ACC Coach of the Year (1992)
MAAC Hall of Fame (2015)
Florida State University Hall of Fame (2017)

Early lifeEdit

Kennedy was born in Keyport, New Jersey and attended Red Bank Catholic High School in Red Bank, New Jersey.[1] Kennedy's father Joseph William emigrated to the U.S. from Tralee, Ireland.[1]

Coaching careerEdit

Pat Kennedy graduated from King's College, Pennsylvania in 1975 with a B.A. in political science.[2] He was a player for his first two years, then coached the junior varsity team for his last two years.[3] In 1975, he became an assistant coach at Lehigh under Brian Hill. After three years at Lehigh, Kennedy joined Jim Valvano's staff at Iona in 1978. Valvano left for NC State in 1980, after which Kennedy was promoted to head coach. In six years, he led the Gaels to two NIT and two NCAA tournament appearances. He compiled a 124–60 record while at Iona. He was the NABC District Coach of the Year at Iona in 1984 and the MAAC Coach of the Year in 1985. [4]

After Iona, Kennedy went to Florida State. Kennedy won both a Metro regular season title and the tournament championship (1991) before taking on the ACC schedule beginning with the 1991-92 season. He was named ACC Coach of the Year in 1992. Kennedy led the Seminoles to five NCAA Tournament berths and two NIT appearances in his 11 years at FSU. The Seminoles advanced to the Elite Eight of the 1993 NCAA Tournament, which was the second-best season in FSU history. Florida State went 202-131 under Kennedy, posting a .607 winning percentage. In his first season coaching in the ACC, Kennedy set a then-record for road wins (6) and total ACC wins (11) by a first-year coach. Kennedy's teams featured some of the best players in FSU history. His 1992-93 team was one of the only teams in ACC history to include four NBA first round draft picks (Charlie Ward, Bob Sura, Sam Cassell and Doug Edwards). Seven of Kennedy's 11 FSU teams recorded 19 or more wins and he reached the 20-win plateau five times.[5]

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.[6] 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).[7] His two-year record with the Grizzlies was 23–35 before he left to take the head coaching job at Towson University in 2004.[8] After a 5–24 record in his first year, Towson improved to 12–16 in 2005–06 and 15–17 in 2006–07.[1][9] Towson extended Kennedy's contract, originally set to end in 2008, through the 2010–11 season.[10][11][9] After a 2010–11 season with a 4–23 record, Kennedy stepped down as Towson's head coach.[12]

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. Pace parted ways with Kennedy on March 2, 2015 after two seasons.[13]

After 40 years as a college basketball coach, Kennedy coached 27 players who played in the NBA. These players include multiple first round draft picks like Jeff Ruland, George McCloud, Charlie Ward, Doug Edwards, Bob Sura, Sam Cassell, and Quentin Richardson.

Awards and honorsEdit

- 2004-05 National Association Basketball Coaches (NABC) President

- 1992 ACC Coach of the Year

- 1985 MAAC Coach of the Year

- 1984 NABC District Coach of the Year

- Florida State University Hall of Fame

- MAAC Hall of Fame

- Iona College Hall of Fame

- Kings College Hall of Fame

- New Rochelle Hall of Fame

- Red Bank Catholic HS Hall of Fame

Head coaching recordEdit

Statistics overview
Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Iona Gaels (Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference Metro) (1980–1981)
1980–81 Iona 15–14 6–2[14]
Iona Gaels (Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) (1981–1986)
1981–82 Iona 24–9 7–3 3rd NIT First Round
1982–83 Iona 22–9 8–2 1st NIT Second Round
1983–84 Iona 23–8 11–3 T–1st NCAA Division I First Round
1984–85 Iona 26–5 11–3 1st NCAA Division I First Round
1985–86 Iona 14–15 9–5 2nd
Iona: 124–60 (.674) 52–18 (.743)
Florida State Seminoles (Metro Conference) (1986–1991)
1986–87 Florida State 19–11 6–6 T–3rd NIT Second Round
1987–88 Florida State 19–11 7–5 2nd NCAA Division I First Round
1988–89 Florida State 22–8 9–3 1st NCAA Division I First Round
1989–90 Florida State 16–15 6–8 T–5th
1990–91 Florida State 21–11 9–5 2nd NCAA Division I Second Round
Florida State Seminoles (Atlantic Coast Conference) (1991–1997)
1991–92 Florida State 22–10 11–5 2nd NCAA Division I Sweet 16
1992–93 Florida State 25–10 12–4 2nd NCAA Division I Elite Eight
1993–94 Florida State 13–14 6–10 T–7th
1994–95 Florida State 12–15 5–11 T–6th
1995–96 Florida State 13–14 5–11 8th
1996–97 Florida State 20–12 6–10 7th NIT Runner-up
Florida State: 202–131 (.607) 82–78 (.513)
DePaul Blue Demons (Conference USA) (1997–2002)
1997–98 DePaul 7–23 3–13 6th (American)
1998–99 DePaul 18–13 10–6 T–3rd (American) NIT Second Round
1999–00 DePaul 21–12 9–7 3rd (American) NCAA Division I First Round
2000–01 DePaul 12–18 4–12 6th (American)
2001–02 DePaul 9–19 2–14 7th (American)
DePaul: 67–85 (.441) 28–52 (.350)
Montana Grizzlies (Big Sky Conference) (2002–2004)
2002–03 Montana 13–17 7–7 T–3rd
2003–04 Montana 10–18 6–8 T–6th
Montana: 23–35 (.397) 13–15 (.464)
Towson Tigers (Colonial Athletic Association) (2004–2011)
2004–05 Towson 5–24 2–16 10th
2005–06 Towson 12–16 8–10 T–7th
2006–07 Towson 15–17 8–10 T–7th
2007–08 Towson 13–18 7–11 9th
2008–09 Towson 12–22 5–13 T–10th
2009–10 Towson 10–21 5–13 8th
2010–11 Towson 4–26 0–18 12th
Towson: 71–144 (.330) 39–78 (.333)
Pace Setters (Northeast-10 Conference) (2013–2015)
2013–14 Pace 7–19 5–15 6th (Southwest)
2014–15 Pace 5–23 1–19 7th (Southwest)
Pace: 12–42 (.222) 6–34 (.150)
Total: 499–497 (.501)

      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


  1. ^ a b c "Pat Kennedy". Towson Tigers. Archived from the original on May 11, 2011.
  2. ^ "Pat Kennedy". Pace University Athletics. 2014. Retrieved March 31, 2016.
  3. ^ "Pat Kennedy". Florida State University. Archived from the original on August 7, 1997. Retrieved March 30, 2016.
  4. ^ "Pat Kennedy". DePaul University Athletics. Archived from the original on February 9, 2002. Retrieved March 30, 2016.
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  6. ^ Jauss, Bill. "New Blue Demons Coach Combines Styles Of Valvano, Al McGuire," Chicago Tribune, Friday, June 13, 1997.
  7. ^ "The Pat Kennedy Experience" (PDF), 03-04 Griz Basketball, University of Montana, pp. 20–22, archived from the original (PDF) on July 25, 2004
  8. ^ Markus, Don (May 23, 2004). "Towson's Kennedy has 2-fold plan". Baltimore Sun. Archived from the original on June 4, 2004. Retrieved March 30, 2016.
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  10. ^ "MEN'S BASKETBALL: Pat Kennedy's Contract Is Extended". Towson University. March 12, 2007. Archived from the original on August 20, 2007.
  11. ^ "Towson's Kennedy gets 3-year extension". Baltimore Sun. March 13, 2007. Archived from the original on March 15, 2007. Retrieved March 30, 2016.
  12. ^ Murray, Ken (March 7, 2011). "Contract up, Towson's Pat Kennedy steps down". Baltimore Sun. Retrieved March 31, 2016.
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  14. ^'s%20Basketball_Men's_Division%20I_1981_310_Iona%20College.pdf

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