It's Official: Bobby Kennedy Joins Longhorn Staff

AUSTIN, Texas — A veteran of 14 seasons as a collegiate assistant coach, including nine tutoring wide receivers, Bobby Kennedy has been named an assistant coach at The University of Texas, Mack Brown announced on Friday. Kennedy will coach the Longhorn wide receivers.

"We're really excited that we had the opportunity to add a guy like Bobby to our staff," Brown said. "Bobby is a bright, young coach who has helped develop several talented receivers and running backs during his career and brings a wealth of experience working with some very explosive offenses. He also is a proven recruiter, has a great personality and is a guy that we feel will be a great fit at The University of Texas."

Kennedy joined the Texas staff after spending the past two years coaching wide receivers at Washington. Under his guidance last season, Huskies All-American receiver Reggie Williams ranked fourth nationally in receptions (7.4) and 16th in receiving yardage (92.4 ypg) in 2003. He finished his career as Washington's all-time leader in receptions (238) and receiving yards (3,536), In Kennedy's first season with the Huskies, he tutored Williams in a year that he earned first-team All-American honors as just a sophomore. Williams set UW's single-season records for receptions (94) and receiving yards (1,454) that year.

"Coming to Texas was an easy decision, because it's Texas," Kennedy said. "It's also a chance to work with Coach Brown, and I've wanted to do that for quite awhile, so I jumped at it. I am really looking forward to getting to know my players and getting started."

Kennedy joined the Husky staff after spending the 2001 season as the running backs coach at Arizona. In 2001, he coached Wildcat sophomore tailback Clarence Farmer, who led the Pac-10 in rushing with an average of 111.7 yards per game. Farmer was a first-team All-Pac-10 pick and finished 21st nationally in rushing.

Prior to joining the Arizona staff, Kennedy spent six seasons at Wake Forest. He coached Demon Deacon running backs for two years (1999-2000) and worked with the wide receivers for four seasons (1995-98).

During the 1999 season, he coached Wake Forest senior Morgan Kane, who rushed for 1,161 yards and 10 TDs. Kane finished his career as the third-leading rusher in school history.

From 1995-98, Kennedy tutored the Deacon wide receivers, including Desmond Clark, the leading receiver in ACC history and the school's single-season receiving leader, and Jammie Deese, who ranked second in the conference in receiving in 1998.

Before his time at Wake Forest, Kennedy coached wide receivers at Wyoming. There he tutored All-Americans Ryan Yarborough, who was the nation's second-leading receiver in 1993, and Marcus Harris, who led the nation in receiving yards in 1994.

In 1992, when he worked for coach Joe Paterno's staff as an offensive graduate assistant coach, he helped tutor a pair of tight ends that would go on to be named All-Americans in Troy Drayton and Kyle Brady.

A 1989 graduate of Northern Colorado, Kennedy began his coaching career on the high school level in his hometown of Boulder. The Boulder High School graduate began his collegiate coaching career as a graduate assistant coach at Illinois in 1990 and '91.

Kennedy was a quarterback for Northern Colorado coach Ron Simonson from 1985-88. He and his wife, LaShonda, were married in 1998.


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