Bobby Kennedy Named Assistant Football Coach

Feb. 8, 2002

Seattle - Washington football coach Rick Neuheisel announced today that Bobby Kennedy will join the Husky football staff as an assistant coach. Kennedy will coach on offense as a position coach. His specific duties will be assigned at a later date. Kennedy replaces Tony Alford, who coached Washington's running backs for one year before returning to Iowa State as the assistant head coach in January.

Kennedy joins the Husky staff after spending the 2001 season as the running backs coach at Arizona. Last season he coached Wildcat sophomore tailback Clarence Farmer, who led the Pac-10 Conference in rushing with an average of 111.7 yards per game. Farmer was a first-team all-conference pick and finished 21st nationally in rushing.

'We are excited to have Bobby Kennedy as a Husky,' Neuheisel said. 'He has a great reputation for helping to develop players and he has been fortunate to work for some of the really great college coaches. I have heard a lot of great things about Bobby, and certainly his background speaks for itself.'

Kennedy, 35, worked at Wake Forest for six seasons under Jim Caldwell before being hired at Arizona. He coached the Demon Deacon running backs for two years (1999-2000) and worked with the wide receivers for four seasons (1995-98).

During the 1999 season, he coached Wake Forest senior Morgan Kane, who rushed for 1,161 yards, 10 touchdowns and finished his career as the third-leading rusher in school history.

From 1995-98, Kennedy tutored the Deacon wide receivers, including Desmond Clark, the leading receiver in ACC history and the school's single-season receiving leader, and Jammie Deese, who ranked second in the conference in receiving in 1998.

Prior to coming to Wake Forest, Kennedy coached wide receivers at Wyoming for Cowboys' head coach Joe Tiller. There he tutored All-Americans Ryan Yarborough, who was the nation's second-leading receiver in 1993, and Marcus Harris, who led the nation in receiving yards per game in 1994.

In 1992, when he worked for coach Joe Paterno's staff as an offensive graduate assistant coach, he helped tutor a pair of tight ends that would go on to be named All-Americans in Troy Drayton and Kyle Brady.

A 1989 graduate of Northern Colorado, Kennedy began his coaching career on the high school level in his hometown of Boulder (at Boulder High School). His first collegiate position was as a graduate assistant for two years at Illinois under current Arizona head coach John Mackovic.

Kennedy was a quarterback for Northern Colorado coach Ron Simonson from 1985-88. He was born in Denver in 1966 and grew up in Colorado, attending Boulder High School. His father, Manert, is a professor at the University of Colorado. Kennedy and his wife, LaShonda, were married in 1998.

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