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BRIAN KENNEDY '85 NAMED NJIT HEAD COACH

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CBA Athletics | 4/19/2016

Brian Kennedy '85 was introduced as the new head basketball coach at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) late last week.

Kennedy (pictured right) has been an assistant coach at NJIT since August 2012, helping the program win a conference title in 2012-13 and a berth into the CIT national tournament this past season.

"I stand here humbled, honored and so excited. [NJIT President] Dr. Bloom and his senior administration have fostered an atmosphere that has brought a sense of energy to campus," Kennedy said during his introduction. "You can see all the new buildings going up around campus, but it's the people inside all the building who make NJIT the special place that it is."

After graduating from Christian Brothers Academy in 1985, Kennedy went on to play basketball at Princeton University before transferring to Monmouth University. He served as the captain of the Monmouth Hawks during his final playing season.

"The thing we've always wanted in our men's basketball coach, and which we've gotten, is a person of high character who understands and believes in the meaning of student-athlete," NJIT Director of Athletics Lenny Kaplan said. "Brian Kennedy meets all the criteria we're looking for in our head coaches and he understands our program because he's been a part of it."

Prior to NJIT, Kennedy also held an assistant coaching position under his uncle, Pat, at DePaul University.

With his promotion to head coach, Kennedy is the second former Colt to be an active head man at a Division I college. Andrew Toole '98 is currently the head coach at Robert Morris University.

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