Pat Kennedy Named Pace's Head Men's Basketball Coach

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Pat Kennedy has been named the new Head Coach for the men's basketball program at Pace University.
Pat Kennedy has been named the new Head Coach for the men's basketball program at Pace University.

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. – Pat Kennedy has been named the new Head Coach of the men's basketball program at Pace University.

"During my time at Iona and throughout my coaching career, Pace University has always been admired as an outstanding academic institution producing quality graduates," Kennedy said. "The backdrop of the greatest city in the world and a highly competitive conference make Pace a special place for future student athletes. Director Brown's vision of academic and athletic excellence can take Pace to the top of Division II athletics and I am very excited about leading the men's basketball program in that quest."

Kennedy, a former head coach for Florida State University, Towson University and Iona College, has accumulated 487 and eight NCAA tournament appearances wins in his 31-year career as a Division I coach. He began his coaching career in Westchester County with the Gaels in 1978 under Jim Valvano.

"To attract a coach with the resume and credentials of a Pat Kennedy is a slam dunk for our institution," Director of Athletics Mark Brown said. "The overwhelming interest in this position speaks volumes to the reputation of Pace and the direction we are headed.  I am excited that Pat has decided to return to his Westchester roots and know that his leadership and vision is just what our program needs at this stage of our development."

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