High School Football

Reggie Kennedy on move again, will take over Manning football program

Irmo football coach Reggie Kennedy has had many stops during his career and is about to have one more.

Kennedy will be the new football coach at Manning. He told the school of his decision on Monday.

Kennedy replaces Keith West, who stepped down in March after three seasons to take an assistant coaching job at Sumter. Manning will be Kennedy’s seventh head coaching stop with others being Irmo, Sumter, Blythewood, Fairfield Central (twice), Orangeburg-Wilkinson and Kingstree in his 24 years as a head coach.

Kennedy was a candidate the last time Manning job was open.

Kennedy went 20-35 in five years at Irmo and made the playoffs in four of the seasons but didn’t make it past the first round. He has a 160-122 career record.

Kennedy also has been head coach in the Shrine Bowl and Touchstone Energy Cooperatives Bowl. He also was named Class 5A Athletic Director of the Year by South Carolina Athletic Administrators Association.

At Sumter, Kennedy led the Gamecocks to the Class 4A Division II title game in 2013 and state semifinal appearances at Blythewood (2011) and Fairfield Central (2010.).

Kennedy is a Clarendon County native and was part of East Clarendon’s 1985 state title team before going to earn all-MEAC honors at South Carolina State.

Irmo was one one of the highest paid jobs in the state according to a survey conducted by The State in 2016. Kennedy was being paid $106,214 per year combined for duties as head football coach and athletic director.

Johnson’s departure comes at a tough time with spring football beginning in first week of May. Irmo is the second school with the football opening in the Midlands. AC Flora still is looking to fill opening left by Collin Drafts going to coach at Neese High School in Florida.