Oige Kennedy, a two-time NCAA Division II national champion head coach at Fort Lewis College, is in his first season as an assistant coach at Stanford.
Kennedy, who amassed a 102-37-9 overall record in seven seasons leading the Skyhawks, won national championships in 2009 and 2011 and Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) regular-season and postseason crowns those same seasons.
He first arrived at Fort Lewis in 2006 when he was hired as an assistant on Jeremy Gunn’s staff in Durango, Colorado. The Skyhawks went 21-2-1 that season and were national runners-up. Gunn left after the season to take over at Charlotte while Kennedy remained to work under Tim Hankinson in 2007-08, winning 33 more games and advancing to the NCAA Division II postseason both years. On those 2006 and 2007 FLC teams was current Stanford assistant coach Nick Kirchhof.
Kennedy took the reins of Fort Lewis’ program in 2009 and continued the powerhouse’s push forward. Hired as interim head coach just weeks before his team was to report for preseason training, he became the first coach in NCAA history to guide a men’s soccer team to a national championship in his first year of collegiate coaching.
The Skyhawks started the year 3-1, with their only loss coming at the hands of Incarnate Word. Rebounding in emphatic fashion, FLC reeled off 21 straight wins to claim its second national championship in five years.
Kennedy duplicated the feat in 2011, as his team went 24-1 and added NCAA Division II, RMAC regular season, and RMAC championship trophies to their treasure chest.
In seven seasons at FLC, Kennedy compiled a 102-37-9 overall record (.720) and was 65-25-5 (.718) in RMAC play. His teams were a perfect 10-0-0 in the NCAA playoffs and 12-4-2 in the RMAC tournament. In January 2012, he became the second Fort Lewis head man to be named NSCAA Division II Coach of the Year. Gunn earned the accolade in 2005 after guiding the Skyhawks to their first national crown.
Prior to coming to Fort Lewis, Kennedy played four years as a professional in Europe. He played several seasons for Ireland’s national youth teams. He also captained the Irish University team for two years.
His coaching experience includes work with the Manchester United Soccer School and Bobby Charlton Soccer School for six years. Kennedy, who hails from Dublin, Ireland, earned his bachelor’s degree in sports science from University College Dublin and a computer science diploma from Dublin Institute of Technology.
Kennedy holds a USSF B license and currently coaches the 01B Blue NPL team.