Kennnedy To Be Given Speedo CSCAA Lifetime Achievement Award
WASHINGTON, DC – The College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) announced the 2016 recipients of its six annual major awards on Monday morning. Johns Hopkins head coach George Kennedy is the recipient of the Speedo CSCAA Liftetime Achievement Award. The awards will be presented at the CSCAA Annual Banquet on Thursday, May 5, 2016 held in conjunction with the CSCAA Convention at the Hilton Doubletree Washington DC-Crystal City.
The Speedo CSCAA Lifetime Achievement Award is awarded to the individual whose efforts best exemplify the integrity and ideals of collegiate swimming and who has achieved significant success in the sport while still imparting the educational and character building qualities of the collegiate swimming experience. This will be Kennedy’s second major award from the CSCAA as he received the Richard E. Steadman Award in 2012.
A seven-time NCAA Division III Coach of the Year, Kennedy won 373 dual meets and 24 conference titles and coached 31 national champions and nearly 1,500 All-Americans. Under his leadership, Hopkins has maintained its place as one of the most dominant programs in the nation. At the NCAA Championships, the Blue Jays have finished in the top-10 an impressive 48 times, including 21 top-five finishes. Kennedy was also a part of the 28 consecutive conference titles won by the men's team from 1971 through 1998. At the time, that streak was tied for the third longest in any sport in Division III history.
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 CSCAA, 12 CoSIDA Academic All-America honors, eight NCAA Postgraduate Scholars, an NCAA Elite 89 Award winner as well as a Rhodes Scholarship. Ana Bogdanovski, a 2015 graduate, was a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-American of the Year, an NCAA Postgraduate Scholar and in January, received the NCAA Today’s Top 10 Award.
Kennedy, who was named one of the “World’s 50 Greatest Leaders” by Fortune Magazine in 2014, announced his retirement in February. He will step down as the head coach of the Blue Jays on June 30.