Pat Kennedy hired as Pace basketball coach
A familiar face in Westchester County will be drawing up X’s and O’s for the Pace University basketball team next season.
The school announced that it has hired Pat Kennedy, a former Iona and Florida State head coach.
Kennedy has spent the past 31 seasons as a head coach on the Division I level, also coaching at DePaul, Montana and Towson. He has won 487 games in his career.
Kennedy became a member of legendary coach Jim Valvano’s staff at Iona in 1978 and was promoted to head coach in 1980. He led the Gaels to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances in 1984 and ’85 before moving on to Florida State, where he led the Seminoles to the NCAA Tournament five times, which included reaching the Elite Eight in 1993.
"During my time at Iona and throughout my coaching career, Pace University has always been admired as an outstanding academic institution producing quality graduates," Kennedy said in a statement released by the school. "The backdrop of the greatest city in the world and a highly competitive conference make Pace a special place for future student athletes."
Kennedy replaces Jim Harter, who was fired after the Setters went 9-16.
"To attract a coach with the resume and credentials of a Pat Kennedy is a slam dunk for our institution," Pace athletic director Mark Brown said in the news release.