Bobby Kennen Named Assistant Men's Basketball Coach

Sept. 6, 2000

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Jacksonville University has named Bobby Kennen assistant men's basketball coach, head coach Hugh Durham announced today. Kennan replaces Clayton Bates who left JU after three years for a position at Western Michigan. Kennen will work with the Dolphin perimeter players and will also be responsible for team travel, opponent scouting and recruiting.

Kennen joins the Dolphins staff after coaching last season at Wichita State, where he was in charge of the development of the perimeter players and served as the Shockers' recruiting coordinator. Under Kennen's tutelage, WSU guard Jason Perez earned First-Team All-Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) honors, while guard Terrell Benton was voted to the MVC Most Improved and All-Sixth Man Teams. Kennen's first recruiting class ranked first in the MVC and 62nd nationally in 1999.

Prior to serving as an assistant coach at Central Florida Community College in 1998-99, Kennen spent three seasons (1995-98) as head coach at Williston High School in Williston, Fla. He led the Red Devils to three straight Suwannee Conference Championships, while earning three consecutive coach-of-the-year honors. In 1995-96, Williston won a school-record 18 games en route to the conference title.

Kennen began his coaching career as an assistant varsity and head junior varsity coach at Santaluces High School in Lantana, Fla., where he helped lead the Chiefs to the 1993-94 sub-regional championship.

Kennen was a four-year starter at guard at Palm Beach Atlantic College from 1989-93 earning Peach Belt Athletic Conference Player-of-the-Year honors in 1993, and was a four-time academic all-conference honoree. The Ocala, Fla. native also served as team captain for three years and finished his career as the school's all-time single-game (20), single-season (294) and career (918) assist leader. Kennen graduated Cum Laude with B.S. degrees in both biology and physical education from Palm Beach in 1993, and earned his master's degree in educational leadership from the University of Florida in 1998.

Kennen and his wife, Tracy, have a son, Trey (7), and a daughter, Regan (4), and reside in Jacksonville.