Kennedy: “I’m 57 years old and the athletes are 18, 19, 20, so there’s a natural disconnect. If we coach by doing the same thing every time, they’ll start to questions because there are new things going on all the time.”
Kennedy’s moto: “If it’s not broken, break it anyhow to go from good to great.
WE CAN DO BETTER
George’s four favorite words are, “we can do better.” As one of the winningest coaches in NCAA history, George will share his story of molding raw talent into a cohesive and focused team energized to produce outstanding results. His method could be called Head First. To swim fast requires strength and endurance, strong muscles and hearts and lungs. But Kennedy will tell you that what matters most is what is in the athletes’ heads.
We can do better, and George will show us how from the UnleashWD stage.
Coach to Swimming Champions
Seven-time NCAA Division III National Coach of the Year George Kennedy recently completed his 29th season as the head coach of the highly successful Johns Hopkins swimming and diving 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. This past March, both teams finished in the top four at the 2014 NCAA Swimming & Diving Championship, the same week that he was named one of the “World’s 50 Greatest Leaders” by Fortune Magazine.
In 29 years at Hopkins with the men’s program, Kennedy has compiled a 187-107 (.636) dual meet record, collected 15 conference titles and coached 15 NCAA champions. The Blue Jays have finished in the top 10 at the NCAA Championships 26 times in Kennedy’s 29 seasons 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.