|Title:||Head Men's Basketball Coach|
Former Florida State University and Iona College Head Coach Pat Kennedy was named the Head Coach for the Men’s Basketball program on May 6, 2013. Kennedy returns home to Westchester County where he started as an assistant coach with the Gaels under legendary coach Jim Valvano and has deep roots in the New York City Metropolitan region.
Kennedy comes to Pace after 31 consecutive years as a Division I Head Coach with stops at Iona College, Florida State University, DePaul University, University of Montana and Towson University. He has accumulated 487 wins during his 31-year career with eight NCAA Tournament appearances.
“During my time at Iona and throughout my coaching career, Pace University has always been admired as an outstanding academic institution producing quality graduates,” said Kennedy. “The backdrop of the greatest city in the world and a highly competitive conference make Pace a special place for future student athletes. Director Brown’s vision of academic and athletic excellence can take Pace to the top of Division II athletics and I am very excited about leading the men’s basketball program in that quest.”
Kennedy returns to Westchester County after he began his coaching career with the Gaels in 1978 as an assistant under legendary coach Jim Valvano. He was promoted to head coach at Iona in 1980 and he guided the Gaels to back-to-back trips to the NCAA Division I Tournament in 1984 and 1985. He posted four 20-win seasons in six years and earned Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Coach of the Year honors in 1982. He finished his career at Iona with 124 wins, a .674 winning percentage, and won three MAAC Championships.
Kennedy continued to have success as he moved to Florida State University in 1986 as he led the Seminoles to back-to-back 19-win seasons in his first two years at the helm and an NCAA Tournament appearance in year two. He went on to post five 20-win seasons in his 11 years with his best season coming in 1992-93 as the Seminoles finished with a 25-11 record. The 1992-93 team advanced to the Elite 8 in 1992-93 as the #3 seed in the Southeast Region. He was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Coach of the Year in 1992 following a 21-10 season as his team advanced to the Sweet 16. Kennedy was a two-time National Association of Basketball Coaches District Coach of the Year in 1992 and in 1993. In total, he guided Florida State to five NCAA Tournaments and finished with 202 wins at Florida State. Most recently, Kennedy was the head coach at Towson University in Baltimore.
Kennedy holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from King’s College in Pennsylvania where he played and coached for four years. Following graduation, he served as an assistant coach for the men’s basketball team for two years at Lehigh University under future NBA Coach Brian Hill. Pat and his wife Jeannie are the parents of a son, Joey, who is a graduate of Northwestern where he played guard for the Wildcats and was a team captain in his senior year. Their daughter Kimberly is married to former United States Marine Zach Johnson and gave Pat and Jeannie their first grandchild, Landon Patrick Johnson. Their other daughter Kathryn is a student athlete on the track and field team at Towson University.