MHS grad Kennedy new baseball coach at Bethany

By Steve Sell/Sara Blackburn
August 12, 2017

LINDSBORG – McPherson native Jeremy Kennedy has been named as the new head baseball coach at Bethany College.  He replaces Andrew Bartman, who recently resigned to take a position with the American Baseball Coaches Association national office in Greensboro, North Carolina. 

"Bethany College is dedicated to producing graduates who go on to become successful professionals who love God and love people. Coach Kennedy is committed to this effort. He has an exceptional win-loss record and strong reputation for helping to shape his players into men of integrity. We are thrilled to be adding his talents to our campus," Bethany College President William Jones said in a press release.

Kenndy has enjoyed tremendous success in the coaching ranks.

He’s been at Keiser University in West Palm Beach, Fla., and led the team to a 40-win season in 2015, winning, the Sun Conference regular-season championship for the first time in school history and went to the program's first-ever NAIA Regional. Kennedy continued that success in the next two years, including the program's first NAIA World Series appearance in 2017. This season, Keiser earned its second regular-season championship in three years and notched its third consecutive 40-win season. Along with team successes, Kennedy has had numerous players earn All-Conference and All-American honors.

Prior to Keiser, Kennedy was the head coach at Northwood University in Cedar Hill, Texas for seven years. He nearly doubled the win total from the previous season in his first year. He also guided the team to their first NAIA World Series in 2013 and won conference championships in 2008, 2009 and 2013. In addition to the players selected for All-Conference and All-American honors, Kennedy coached, Chaney Stout, who was named the Valedictorian of Northwood in 2010.  Kennedy's career record as a head coach currently stands at 366-185-1

Kennedy has also has assistant coaching experience at Northwood and NCAA Division I, Dallas Baptist University in Dallas, Texas.

As a player, Kennedy played center field for Barton County Community College in Great Bend before transferring to Dallas Baptist University where he pitched along with his outfield duties. Kennedy has a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from DBU.

"I am very excited and honored to be the next head baseball coach at Bethany College," Kennedy said in a press release. "I am very grateful to (Bethany Athletic Director) Dane Pavlovich and President Jones for this opportunity. I want to thank my friend Andrew Bartman for his tremendous job of establishing a great foundation to continue to build.  I believe in the mission at Bethany College and I am ready to jump in and do my part. I'm leaving a great situation at Keiser Universitym where I have worked alongside a great group of people. The support that I have received from Keiser is more than I could have asked for. I will forever be grateful for my time there and proud of what we were all able to accomplish.  It is very difficult to leave the excellent group of young men whom I love. I will certainly miss the the players and coaches; the future of Keiser baseball is very bright.  At the end of the day, though, there are two things that I just couldn't pass up: first, the opportunity for my wife and I to raise our daughters in Lindsborg, and second, I enjoy the challenge of building programs and I can't wait to get to Lindsborg and start the process of getting Bethany back on top. I know we have a lot of work to do, but I also know how special this program can be. It will take a lot of work from players, coaches, administration and the community of Lindsborg. However, having grown up in McPherson, I know how special the community of Lindsborg is and I believe we can find those individuals who will lock arms with us and build this program into one that everyone can be proud to call their own. I am honored and I can't wait to get started.”

Kennedy is married to Heather (Spillers), and the couple have two children - Emersyn (7) and Maklayne (4)