New Coaches Bring Championship Experience To Ole Miss
Ole Miss head coach Brian O'Neal tabbed Gavin Kennedy to serve as an assistant coach on his first Rebel staff. Kennedy will work primarily with the men's distance runners.
He spent last year as head cross country coach and distance coach at Illinois after coaching three years on Iona's men's and women's cross country/track and field staff.
In his lone season in Champaign, the Illini sent two men to the NCAA Cross Country Championships for only the second time in school history. He also mentored Kyle Engnell to a spot in the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the 3,000-meter steeplechase.
During his tenure at Iona College, which included serving as an associate head coach of the program from 2010-11, Kennedy led the men's cross country squad to three consecutive top-10 finishes at the NCAA Championships, including a second-place showing in 2008, and three straight Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference championships. His athletes won a pair of individual NCAA titles on the track, which marked the first in school history, and earned a total of 11 All-America honors over his three years. In 2010-11, he helped the Gaels to a banner year, as the program finished sixth overall in the USTFCCCA Division I Program of the Year standings. Iona was one of 15 Division I programs to score at all three NCAA Championships in 2010-11.
Kennedy, a native of Waterford, Ireland, has an extensive background as both a distance performer and an assistant coach, having served in both capacities at his alma mater, DePaul. He was also an assistant at Northwestern University and Saint Louis before his time at Iona.
Kennedy joined the staff at Saint Louis after the 2007 cross country season and worked primarily with the men's and women's distance and middle distance track athletes. Before his one-year stint with the Northwestern women's cross country squad, Kennedy coached for two seasons at DePaul. His experience with the Blue Demons included assisting with travel, community service and training.
During his time as an undergrad at DePaul, Kennedy served on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and on the DePaul University Captains' Council. He broke the two oldest records in DePaul history in the indoor mile and outdoor 1,500 meters. For his efforts, Kennedy was named MVP of the men's indoor track team in both 2004 and 2005 and was named to the all-conference team in all four of his years on the team. In addition, he was named to Conference USA's All-Academic Team in 2005 and the BIG EAST's All-Academic squad as a senior in 2006.
As a competitor on the professional track and field circuit, Kennedy has been ranked in the top 15 in his native Ireland in the indoor mile and outdoor 1,500 meters. In 2004 he ranked No. 5 for the indoor mile, improving the standing to No. 4 the following year.
Kennedy earned a Bachelor of Science in physical education from DePaul in 2006 and is also a USTFCCCA certified endurance coach.
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