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George Kennedy
George  Kennedy

Head Coach Emeritus

Alma Mater:
North Carolina '77

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George Kennedy Celebration Set for October 22

Celebration in Honor of Longtime Blue Jay Swim Coach


Johns Hopkins Women's Swimming Season Preview

Blue Jays Open the Season On October 8


Johns Hopkins Men's Swimming Season Preview

Blue Jays Set to Open Season on October 8


Armstrong Named Johns Hopkins Swimming Coach

Armstrong is a 2003 Graduate of Johns Hopkins University


Kennnedy To Be Given Speedo CSCAA Lifetime Achievement Award

CSCAA To Host Its Annual Banquet on May 5 in Washington, DC

Seven-time NCAA Division III National Coach of the Year George Kennedy recently completed his 30th season as the head coach of the highly successful Johns Hopkins men's and women's swimming teams. Under Kennedy's leadership, Hopkins has maintained its place as one of the most dominant programs in the nation. He has guided the Blue Jays to a number of impressive finishes at the NCAA Championships, with both the men's and women's teams consistently challenging for the national championship. In April 2013, Kennedy was inducted into the Johns Hopkins Athletic Hall of Fame and in March 2014, he was named one of the "World's 50 Greatest Leaders" by Fortune Magazine.

In 30 years at Hopkins with the men's program, Kennedy has compiled a 193-111 (.635) dual meet record, collected 15 conference titles and coached 16 NCAA champions. The Blue Jays have finished in the top 10 at the NCAA Championships 27 times and have finished in the top five 14 times. Kennedy was also a part of the 28 consecutive conference titles won by the men's team from 1971 through 1998. That streak is tied for the third-longest streak in any sport in Division III history.

In 2015, Johns Hopkins placed eighth at the NCAA Championship and sophomore Andrew Greenhalgh captured the 500 Free title. Eight Blue Jays combined to earn 26 All-America honors as Hopkins placed in the top 10 for the fifth straight year. Hopkins placed fourth at the 2014 NCAA Championship and repeated as the 800 Free Relay champions. Seven Blue Jays combined to claim 27 All-America honors. Hopkins went 7-1 in dual meets with its only loss coming at Navy. In 2013, Johns Hopkins took home a pair of NCAA titles in the 100 Back and 800 Free Relay as the Blue Jays placed fourth at the championship. Ten Blue Jays combined to earn 36 All-America honors at NCAAs as the Jays turned in their highest finish since 2008 (2nd). For the second consecutive year, JHU went 8-1 in dual meets with its lone loss in each season coming at the hands of the Navy Midshipmen.

Hopkins turned in an 8-1 dual-meet record and would tie for sixth place at the 2012 NCAA Championship. Nine Blue Jays combined to earn 27 All-America honors in 2012 and JHU took home a pair of bronze medals in the 400 and 800 Free Relays. In 2011, the Blue Jays posted a 6-2 dual meet record, finished second at the Bluegrass Mountain Conference championship and ninth at the NCAAs as JHU swimmers combined for 26 All-America honors.

As head coach of the women's program, Kennedy has compiled a dual meet record of 169-142-2 (.543) while collecting nine conference titles, including three straight titles in 2006, 2007 and 2008 and back-to-back titles in 2011 and 2012. The Blue Jay women have finished in the top 10 at the NCAA Championships 19 times during his tenure, including five top-five finishes. Prior to Kennedy's arrival, the Blue Jay women had never finished in the top 10 and had finished in the top 20 just twice. He has also coached 13 NCAA Champions, with 11 of those coming in the last three years.

Hopkins grabbed its fourth straight top-five finish at the 2015 NCAA Championship, led by senior Ana Bogdanovski, who won three NCAA titles. Bogdanovski was the first Division III swimmer (male or female) to sweep the 50, 100 and 200 Free titles since 2006. In addition, eight Blue Jays combined to earn 29 All-America honors. Hopkins went 7-2 in dual meets on the season with its only losses coming to Division I Towson and Navy. The Blue Jays turned in a historic performance at the 2014 NCAA Championship as they claimed seven NCAA titles, including a sweep of all five relays. Hopkins is the first team to sweep all five relays since Kenyon accomplished the feat in 2004. The Blue Jays went on to finish a program-best third and Kennedy was named the NCAA Women's Swim Coach of the Year. Bogdanovski won a remarkable six NCAA titles as she won the 50 and 200 Free and swam on four of the five winning relays. She was named the NCAA Women's Swimmer of the Year for her performance. In all, 10 different swimmers combined to earn 37 All-America honors as JHU piled up 387 points.

Hopkins claimed its first ever NCAA relay title in 2013 as Sarah Rinsma, Taylor Kitayama, Alex Ladd and Ana Bogdanovski came from behind to win the 800 Free Relay title in a school-record time of 7:19.14. It was the program's third overall NCAA title and first since Rocio Lopez won the 100 Fly in 1996. Hopkins tied a program record with its fifth place finish at the NCAA Championship and 10 Blue Jays earned All-America honors. The Blue Jays claimed their fifth overall Bluegrass Mountain Conference title and second consecutive in 2012 as they won five individual and five relay titles. Kitayama was named the BMC Swimmer of the Year and Kennedy earned coach of the year honors. Hopkins went on to finish in sixth place at the NCAA Championship while eight Jays earned All-America honors.

In 2011, Hopkins won its fourth Bluegrass Mountain Conference championship and freshman Sarah Rinsma was named the Swimmer of the Meet after winning six conference titles - three individual and three relay. The Blue Jays then placed eighth at the NCAA Championship, their highest finish since the 2004 team took home sixth place. Blue Jay swimmers combined to earn 26 All-America honors and tied a program record with 10 conference titles. The team also broke 10 school records and added five pool records to its credit in 2010-11.

In all, Kennedy has coached 29 NCAA Champions, including eight at the 2014 NCAA Championships (Ana Bogdanovski • 50 Free, 200 Free; Women's 200 Free Relay, 400 Free Relay, 800 Free Relay, 200 Medley Relay, 400 Medley Relay; Men's 800 Free Relay). During his tenure, he has coached more than 200 men and women to more than 1,400 All-America honors.

While the teams' success in the pool has been well documented, Kennedy has attracted the type of student-athlete that can excel at Hopkins both in the classroom and in the pool. During his tenure at Johns Hopkins, Kennedy and the Blue Jays have recorded numerous awards for academic excellence from the College Swimming Coaches Association, while 12 members of the program have earned CoSIDA Academic All-America honors since 1997. In 2014, Taylor Kitayama and Ana Bogdanovski were named CoSIDA Academic All-Americans, while Bogdanovski was also named the CoSIDA At-Large Academic All-American of the Year. Alex Ladd was named both a 2013 CoSIDA Academic All-American as well as the NCAA Elite 89 Award winner for women's swimming. In addition, Daniela Villegas earned a Rhodes Scholarship. In 2009, senior John Kegelman was named a First Team CoSIDA Academic All-American as well as the CoSIDA Academic All-American of the Year for the At-Large Division. Kegelman also earned an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship, making him the seventh swimmer under Kennedy to do so, and was named the ECAC Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

A 1977 graduate of the University of North Carolina, Kennedy was a four-year letter winner for the Tar Heels and an NCAA Division I qualifier in the 100 yard backstroke. After graduation, Kennedy remained at UNC to earn his master's degree in physical education and serve as an assistant on the Tar Heels' coaching staff. In 1980-81 he became head coach of the men's and women's swimming teams at Gettysburg College, where he compiled an impressive 77-31-2 dual meet record in five seasons.

Kennedy currently resides in Towson, MD, with his wife, Helen. They have two daughters, Catherine, a graduate of Mary Washington, and Sarah, a graduate of the University of North Carolina.

Kennedy Year by Year
W-L Conference NCAA
1985-86 7-5 3rd MAC 50th Place
1986-87 6-8 3rd MAC 26th Place
1987-88 7-5 2nd UAA 10th Place
1988-89 4-3-1 1st UAA 9th Place
1989-90 6-6 1st UAA 10th Place
1990-91 4-7 2nd UAA 13th Place
1991-92 5-8 2nd UAA 12th Place
1992-93 4-8 2nd UAA 10th Place
1993-94 7-4 1st UAA 7th Place
1994-95 5-4-1 2nd UAA 8th Place
1995-96 4-5 2nd UAA 8th Place
1996-97 5-5 2nd UAA 23rd Place
1997-98 8-3 1st UAA 40th Place
1998-99 6-4 2nd UAA 11th Place
1999-00 5-1 2nd UAA 8th Place
2000-01 5-2 2nd UAA 5th Place
2001-02 7-3 Independent 5th Place
2002-03 5-7 Independent 9th Place
2003-04 5-4 Independent 6th Place
2004-05 6-6 2nd BMC 11th Place
2005-06 5-5 1st BMC 12th Place
2006-07 6-4 1st BMC 9th Place
2007-08 7-4 1st BMC 35th Place
2008-09 4-4 2nd BMC 10th Place
2009-10 3-7 2nd BMC 29th Place
2010-11 5-3 1st BMC 8th Place
2011-12 8-2 1st BMC 6th Place
2012-13 7-2 2nd BMC 5th Place
2013-14 6-2 3rd BMC 3rd Place
2014-15 7-2 3rd BMC 5th Place
Totals 169-142-2

Updated April 20, 2015