Billy Kennedy

Billy Kennedy (born February 2, 1964)

Current position: Assistant men’s basketball coach
Current team: Wichita State Shockers (Head coach: Isaac Brown)
Current conference: American Athletic Conference (AAC, The American)
Teams coached: Centenary Gentlemen, Southeastern Louisiana Lions, Murray State Racers, Texas A&M Aggies
Centenary record: 24-34 (.414)
Southeastern Louisiana record: 80-92 (.465)
Murray State record: 107-53 (.669)
Texas A&M record: 150-116 (.564)
Overall record: 361-295 (.550)

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Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2020-present Wichita State (asst)
2011-2019 Texas A&M
2006-2011 Murray State
2005-2006 Miami (FL) (asst)
1999-2005 Southeastern Louisiana
1997-1999 Centenary
1993-1997 California (asst)
1991-1993 Creighton (asst)
1990-1991 Texas A&M (asst)
1989-1990 Tulane (asst)
1988-1989 Northwestern State (asst)
1987-1988 Wyoming (asst)
1986-1987 New Orleans (volunteer asst)
1985-1986 Southeastern Louisiana (student asst)

Billy Kennedy Facts

  • William Joseph Kennedy, Jr.
  • Born February 2, 1964
  • Hometown: New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Alma Mater: Southeastern Louisiana University (BA, 1986)
  • Started coaching career in 1985 as an assistant to Newton Chelette at his alma mater, SE Louisiana
  • Spent the next eleven seasons with various programs as a Division I assistant
  • Head coach at (now Division III) Centenary for two seasons, winning 24 games during that time
  • Returned to Southeastern Louisiana in 1999 as the Lions’ new head coach; led his alma mater to two Southland titles and one trip to the NCAA Tournament (2005) in six seasons
    • Spent one season as an assistant to Frank Haith at Miami (FL)
  • Hired as the head coach at Murray State in 2006, coaching the Racers for the next five seasons
  • Became head coach at Texas A&M in 2011, coaching the Aggies in their final season of Big 12 play and into SEC play
    • Reached the Sweet 16 in 2016, only the fourth appearance in school history, and returned to two seasons later in 2018
    • Was fired in March 2019 after eight seasons in College Station, leading the Aggies to the postseason four times (two NCAA, one NIT, one CIT)
  • In November 2020, just before the start of the season, Kennedy joined the Wichita State staff as an assistant under interim head coach Issac Brown
  • Along with his wife, Mary, has four children

Billy Kennedy Coaching Tree