UAB basketball hires Andy Kennedy as head coach

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Published on Friday, March 20, 2020 at 11:59 am EST

UAB needed a new men’s basketball coach. And they hired a familiar face, who has been out of coaching.

The Blazers have hired Andy Kennedy. He replaces Robert Ehsan, who departed the team after the season following four seasons as the head coach.

He has received a six-year deal. He is now signed through the 2025-26 season.

Kennedy’s deal is pending the approval of the University of Alabama System Board of Trustees. Once it is approved, he’s returning to his alma mater.

“Andy is a proven winner both as a player and a coach, and we are elated to have him lead our men’s basketball program,” Director of Athletics Mark Ingram said. “He helped build UAB basketball’s proud tradition as one of the best to ever play here, and I am confident he will elevate the program to new heights as our coach. Andy will add to the growing momentum of our university and city as a whole. I want to thank President Watts, the UA System and Board of Trustees for their tremendous support in bringing Coach Kennedy to UAB.”

Kennedy has been out of basketball since the 2017-18 season. But he has head coaching experience dating back to the 2005-06 season.

He has served as head coach with the Cincinnati Bearcats and the Ole Miss Rebels. As a head coach, he is 266-169.

He has also served as an assistant coach with the Bearcats, the Blazers, and the South Alabama Jaguars.

In the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship, also known as the March Madness Tournament, he is 2-2. He is also 11-7 in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT).

“I am blessed to be able to return to my alma mater, in a city that I love, to lead this storied basketball program,” Kennedy said. “I want to thank Dr. Watts and for believing in me and affording me this tremendous opportunity. In 1977, when Gene Bartow came to the Magic City to start UAB Athletics, he did so with a vision to create a nationally relevant basketball program. It is now my mission to restore this program back to its rightful place on the college basketball landscape.”

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