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Gavin Kennedy
Gavin  Kennedy

Assistant Coach - Distance

Assistant Coach - Men's and Women's Cross Country and Track & Field
Second Season

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.

In his first year in Madison, Kennedy helped the Badgers to a pair of Big Ten team titles as the Wisconsin men's squad swept the Big Ten indoor and outdoor track titles for the first time since 2007. Reed Connor won a pair of Big Ten track titles and earned All-America honors during the indoor season, and ran the nation's best time in the indoor 5000 meters of 13:37.42. Mohammed Ahmed also won two Big Ten titles and finished third and fifth, respectively, in the 10,000 and 5000 meters at the NCAA outdoor championship. In addition, Alex Brill earned second-team All-America honors in the steeplechase at the NCAA outdoor meet. Molly Hanson also excelled on the track for UW, earning second-team All-America honors in the 1500 meters in her first season at UW.

On the cross country course, Malachy Schrobilgen won the Big Ten cross country title as a redshirt freshmen as the Badgers finished third at the Big Ten meet. Schrobilgen went on to earn All-America honors at the NCAA cross country championships as Wisconsin finished ninth. In addition, Emma-Lisa Murphy earned All-America honors on the women's side, becoming the first UW harrier to do so since 2010.

Prior to Wisconsin, Kennedy spent 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.

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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