Towson University head men's basketball coach Pat Kennedy resigned from his position effective immediately, TU Director of Athletics Mike Waddell announced today. Kennedy completed his seventh season at Towson with a record of 4-26 as the Tigers head coach.
"Pat Kennedy is a class act and a great basketball mind," said Towson Director of Athletics Mike Waddell. "It is unfortunate the past seven seasons have not met our mutual expectations. I am sure he will continue in the basketball world as he should. We thank Pat and his wife Jeannie for all their efforts the past seven years and wish them the best in the future."
The 2010-11 season marked Kennedy's 31st as a Division I head coach. He ranks among the Top 25 active winningest Division I coaches with his 488 career victories, coming in at No. 22 before the start of the 2010-11 campaign.
Kennedy has taken teams to eight NCAA Tournaments and five NIT's. He has had ten 20-plus win seasons and is the winningest coach in the Colonial Athletic Association. Over his career, 17 of his players he recruited went on to NBA careers, including former Towson Tiger and all-CAA selection Gary Neal from Baltimore's Calvert Hall College, who is currently with the San Antonio Spurs.
A number of Kennedy's former assistants have gone on to become head coaches or assistants in the NBA.
For over a decade, Pat served on the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Board of Directors and was the organization's President in 2004-05.
A confidential national search for the next head coach of Towson basketball will begin immediately. Towson will be utilizing the services of Fogler Enterprises, a nationally recognized firm that conducts searches for championship caliber basketball coaches. TU Director of Athletics Mike Waddell will not be making any further comments on the search until the process has concluded.