Support Kelly Kennedy, Women's Coaches Representative for Nations of Coaches
Kelly Kennedy coached basketball for 13 years at the college level. She started her journey at Southwestern University in Georgetown, TX, and broke into Division I as a Graduate Assistant at the University of Oregon, with two NCAA appearances. From there, she spent three years at TCU, then on to Iowa State, where she helped the Cyclones to three NCAA Appearances, finishing in the Sweet 16 twice and netted two Big XII Championships. She then fulfilled her dream of becoming a Division I Head Basketball Coach at the University of Akron.
Her Christ Journey began in 2006 when she was fired from her coaching job, losing her identity as it was in what she did rather than who she was. She spent many years digging into why she failed as a Head Coach. She was missing one thing – “answering to “the Right Boss,” her Heavenly Father.
Kelly’s heart is to support and inspire coaches. What she learned at the college level is the demand on the coaches’ lives. She dedicates her ministry to supporting and encouraging women’s college basketball coaches.
The ministry will involve creating a community of like-minded coaches who can help one another and lift each other up in the struggles of running a program. The ministry work will include ways to reach out to and offer support to spouses of the coaches as well. The ministry will grow and evolve to answer the needs of the coaches.
In her time away from college basketball coaching, she has enjoyed raising and nurturing three beautiful daughters as well as coaching and training athletes. Kelly has been happily married to her husband, Todd, for 20 years.