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Gavin Kennedy
Gavin Kennedy

Position:
Assistant Coach

Experience:
2nd season

Assistant Coach - Men's and Women's Cross Country and Track & Field
Second Season
gk2@athletics.wisc.edu


Gavin Kennedy, who specializes in coaching cross country and distance runners, enters his second season on the University of Wisconsin men's and women's track and field coaching staffs in 2013-14.

Kennedy arrives in Madison after spending a year at Ole Miss as an assistant coach.

The Kennedy File
Name: Gavin Kennedy
Hometown: Waterford, Ireland
Alma Mater: DePaul, 2006
Coaching Experience
University of Wisconsin
• Assistant Coach, Cross Country and Track & Field, 2013-Present
University of Mississippi
• Assistant Coach, Men's Cross Country and Track & Field, 2012-2013
University of Illinois
• Head Coach, Men's Cross Country, 2011-12
Iona College
• Associate Head Coach, Cross Country and Track & Field, 2010-11
• Assistant Coach, Cross Country and Track & Field, 2008-10
Kennedy by the Numbers
Elite Athletes
• Heidi Gregson - Finalist at 2010 NCAA Indoor Championships in mile, finalist at 2010 NCAA Outdoor Championships in 1500
•Leonard Korir - 2011 NCAA Indoor Champion in 5,000 meters, 2011 NCAA Outdoor Champion in 10,000 meters

A native of Waterford, Ireland, Kennedy is no stranger to the Big Ten. He served as the head men's cross country coach and distance coach at Illinois in 2011, when the Illini sent two men to the NCAA cross country championship for only the second time in school history. Illinois also sent Kyle Engnell to the NCAA outdoor championships in the 3000 steeplechase. In addition, Joe McAsey finished fourth in the 800 meters at the USA junior championships.

Kennedy followed in the footsteps of Byrne at Iona College, arriving in New Rochelle, N.Y., in 2008 as Byrne left after 24 years to join the staff at Wisconsin. During his tenure at Iona, Kennedy led the men's cross country team to three consecutive top-10 finishes at the NCAA championship, including a runner-up finish in 2008. The Gaels also claimed three straight Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference titles on both the men's and women's sides.

During the 2010-11 season, Kennedy served as associate head coach as the men's team finished sixth overall in the 2010-11 USTFCCCA Division I Program of the Year standings. While Kennedy was at Iona, the Gaels earned a total of 11 All-America honors.

In 2010, Heidi Gregson advanced to the mile final at the NCAA indoor championships and the final of the 1500 meters at the NCAA outdoor championships.

Leonard Korir became Iona's first national champion in any sport by winning the indoor 5000 meters title and the outdoor 10,000 meters championship in 2011. He also went on to achieve the Olympic "A" standard in the 10,000 meters at the Payton Jordan Invitational.

Kennedy 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 and Saint Louis.

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 1500 meters. For his efforts, Kennedy was named MVP of the men's indoor track team in both 2004 and 2005 and was named all-conference 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 All-Academic squad as a senior in 2006.

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