Allegheny College has announced the hiring of Michael Kenney as the Gators’ men’s basketball assistant coach.
Kenney, who boasts extensive experience at both the Division I and Division III levels, will assist head coach Bob Simmons on all aspects of the Gator men’s basketball team’s day-to-day operations.
“I am very excited to welcome Mike Kenney to Allegheny College and our men’s basketball family,” Simmons said. “Coach Kenney has experience at both the Division I and III levels, which will be great for our men. He has been part of a winning culture, and will bring that mindset with him here. He has a tremendous work ethic, is a relentless recruiter, is a student of the game, and has great passion for basketball. We are very happy to have him join our Gator family.”
A Cincinnati, Ohio native, Kenney arrives in Meadville after spending the past four seasons as an assistant on the men’s basketball staff at Marietta College. While with the Pioneers, he was part of the most successful stretch in program history, as the team went a combined 84-26 during his tenure, and advanced to a pair of NCAA Division III National Tournaments.
The Pioneers were ranked in the top-20 in the D3hoops.com poll throughout the past four seasons, highlighted by a 2014-15 campaign in which Marietta was ranked in the top five for several weeks midseason, before finishing 28-4 after advancing to the NCAA Elite Eight for the first time in team history. With Marietta, Kenney was responsible for organization, distribution, and breakdown of film scouting, overseeing all recruiting, coordinating travel arrangements, assisting with strength and conditioning programs, monitoring the team’s academic performance, and assisting the head coach will all day-to-day operations, including game and practice planning.
Prior to Marietta, Kenney worked for two seasons as a student assistant on the men’s basketball staff at Division-I University of Dayton. With the Flyers, he was integral in the team’s video scouting of opponents, as well in overseeing the filming of all Dayton games and practices. He also assisted in the planning, organization, and recruitment of youth athletes to the Flyers’ boys basketball camps and clinics.
Kenney graduated from Dayton in 2011 with a B.S. in education, majoring in sports management and minoring in leadership. He then went on to earn a Masters in Coaching Education from Ohio University.
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