Kennedy Joins Men's Soccer Staff

ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Navy men's soccer coach Richard Miranda has announced that Patrick Kennedy has been hired as an assistant coach. Kennedy had been a volunteer assistant coach on the Navy staff, but will become the team's top assistant coach under Miranda.

"I'm very happy to be coaching at my alma mater and firmly believe with new head coach Richard Miranda, we can do great things and continue the tradition of excellence that is Navy soccer," said Kennedy. "I bring youth, experience and enthusiasm to this program and I am excited to get started."

Kennedy has been a member of the Navy coaching staff for the last four years, while working full-time in Washington D.C., as a defense contractor for Naval Criminal Investigative Services. Before working in the government sector, he served seven years on active duty in the United States Navy and was stationed in San Diego, Washington, D.C., and overseas. While serving in the military, he was selected to play with the All-Navy and All-Armed Services teams and represented the U.S. Armed Forces Team in Cairo, Egypt, at the Worled Military Games in 2000 and 2002. His last duty station was the Office of Naval Intelligence in Suitland, Md., before resigning his active duty commission as a Lieutenant in 2002.

Patrick started coaching in select youth soccer in San Diego for the Villa Soccer Club in 1997. He has coached at a number of elite summer camps including Hubert Volgelsinger Soccer Academy, Virginia Tech and Navy. He received his "A" coaching license through the United States Soccer Foundation this past January and has started coaching with the Maryland State Olympic Development Program (U-16). He also continues to play competitive soccer on a premier men's team in the Northern Virginia Soccer League. His squad made it to the amateur U.S. National Cup in 2004.

Kennedy comes from a long line of soccer influences, as his father was the head coach at Belmont Abbey College before starting the men's soccer program at Wake Forest University from 1979-1987. His uncle, Matt Kennedy, was a professional goalkeeper and played in the now-defunct Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL) and the National American Soccer League (NASL). He now currently coaches high school and youth select teams in Des Moines, Iowa.

"I now share nicknames with a coach that I have admired for a long time, 'Coach K'", said Kennedy. "I strive to bring the same level of excellence to Navy soccer that Mike Krzyzewski has to Duke basketball, and plan to build Navy's program to earn the respect of players, fans and alumni throughout the nation."

Patrick is married to Christine Kennedy (Navy '94). Christine was a former women's track and field captain at Navy and is currently serving on active duty in the United States Marine Corps at the White House Military Office. They reside in Alexandria, Va., and Patrick is currently pursuing his master's degree at George Washington University in crisis and emergency management.


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