Irmo expected to name Kennedy as new football coach

Special to The StateMay 15, 2014 

— Sumter High football coach Reggie Kennedy is expected to be approved as the next head football coach for Irmo High at the next board meeting of Lexington/Richland School District 5 on Monday night, sources have confirmed.

Kennedy replaces Bob Hanna, who retired last month. Hanna had been football coach and athletics director at Irmo since 1994 and led the Yellow Jackets to nine region titles and three Class 4A runner-up finishes – two in Division I and one in Division II.

The move by Kennedy comes a little over a year after he took over at Sumter. In his one season there, he guided the Gamecocks to a 9-6 record and a runner-up finish for the Class 4A Division I state title. The Gamecocks lost to Dutch Fork.

Kennedy was reached by phone on Thursday and confirmed that he is a candidate for the job and that he interviewed for the position, but he would not offer further comment.

Kennedy has been a head coach in the Palmetto State since 1995 when he got his first head coaching position at Kingstree High. He spent seven years there before moving to Fairfield Central in 2002. He was head coach for the Griffins for four seasons before departing to take the Orangeburg-Wilkinson job for the 2006 and 2007 season.

He returned to Winnsboro in 2008 for a second stint at Fairfield Central. He guided the Griffins to a 29-8 over three years before taking the Blythewood job in 2011. In two seasons with the Bengals, Kennedy had a 16-10 record.

In 19 seasons as a head coach, Kennedy has a 140-87 record.

He was a standout for East Clarendon’s 1985 Class A football state championship team and was an All-Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference linebacker at South Carolina State.

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