(Concord, N.C.) The Loyola University New Orleans women’s head basketball coach Kellie Kennedy was inducted into the Cabarrus County (N.C.) Sports Hall of Fame this past Thursday. She is only the second woman to be inducted in the history of the Cabarrus Hall of Fame and was the only woman inducted in this year’s class of eleven.
A native of Concord, N.C., Kennedy was a four-year basketball standout, who also participated in track and field and tennis at Concord High. She was twice named MVP of her prep team. In her freshman year, Kennedy was coached by E.Z. Smith, who was also inductee this year. During her senior season, Kennedy led Concord to the Conference Championship and the State Final Four. That same season, she was named to the Western Region All-Tournament team. She was a three-time All-District selection while in high school.
After high school, Kennedy played at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. The summer prior to enrolling at UNC, she was selected to play on an AAU Junior Olympic Development team, the Charlotte Monarchs. The Monarchs won the 18 & under Junior Olympic National Championship.
Kennedy was a four-year letter winner for the Tar Heels. She earned Most Improved Player honors in 1988 and was the recipient of the 1990 UNC Scholar-Athlete and UNC Women’s Basketball Senior Award. The Atlantic Coast Conference named her to the Academic Honor Roll in 1989 and 1990 and was a member of the Dean’s List in those years.
Kellie Kennedy is in her fifth season as the head coach of the Wolf Pack women’s basketball team. The Wolfpack concluded the 2011-2012 season with an appearance in the NAIA National Tournament and a 23-6 overall record and 14-4 in conference play, marking the second best winning percentage in the program’s history. It was Kennedy’s third 20+ win season and second National Tournament appearance in her four years at Loyola.
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