Bobby Kennedy is in his second season as the wide receivers coach at Colorado, joining the staff of new coach Jon Embree on January 5, 2011. Overall, the Colorado native is in his 22nd season of coaching on the collegiate level.
Kennedy, 45, was born in Denver but raised in Boulder, thus this is a true homecoming for him. He came to CU from the University of Texas, where he spent seven seasons (2004-10) as wide receivers coach, the last six as the assistant recruiting coordinator. In his time at Texas, he coached in two BCS National Championship games, in the 2005 Rose Bowl thriller over USC when the Longhorns won the national championship, and in 2009 against Alabama.
In his first season at Colorado, he helped mold senior Toney Clemons into one of the nation's top receivers by the end of the year, with Clemons eventually behind selected by Pittsburgh in the 2012 NFL Draft.
His first season in Austin was immediately after the Longhorns had lost three wide receivers to the National Football League. He proceeded to build up a receiver corps that included three Biletnikoff Award candidates, including two semifinalists and one finalist. In 2008, Jordan Shipley and Quan Crosby both surpassed 85 receptions and 1,000 yards becoming the 11th duo in NCAA history to both go over 1,000 yards. Then in 2009, Shipley was a consensus All-American setting UT records for catches (116), receiving yards (1,485) and matched the school record for receiving touchdowns with 13.
His receivers amassed 142 catches in 2005, helping the Longhorns to the third-best single-season passing mark in school history. With the emergence of Colt McCoy at quarterback in 2006, the receivers upped those marks to 158 receptions for 2,180 yards and 25 touchdowns as McCoy broke the UT record for touchdown passes that season and then in 2007, the receivers caught 187 passes for 2,275 yards and 18 touchdowns before the emergence of Cosby and Shipley. At Texas, Shipley earned All-America honors in two seasons and he also coached five receivers to seven All-Big 12 honors in seven years.
Kennedy's other coaching stops include six major college programs and a pair of Pac-12 schools. He went to Texas from Washington, where he tutored Huskies wide receiver Reggie Williams to two All-America campaigns before he became the No. 9 overall pick in the 2004 NFL Draft. Williams set UW's single season mark for receptions (94) and receiving yards (1,454) in 2002 and then the next year was fourth in the NCAA in receptions (7.4 per game) and 16th in yardage (92.4). He finished his career as the Huskies all-time leading receiver with 238 receptions and 3,536 yards.
He joined the UW staff after one season at Arizona (2001), where he coached the running backs and helped Wildcat sophomore Clarence Farmer to a first-team All-Pac 10 honor leading the league in rushing (111.7 yards per game), a mark that was good for 21st nationally.
Prior to Arizona, he had a six-year tenure at Wake Forest, coaching the Demon Deacon running backs in 1999-2000 after four years (1995-98) as receivers coach. He mentored Desmond Clark, the ACC's leading receiver and Jammie Deese, who was second in the ACC in receiving in 1998. After moving to the running backs spot, he coached Morgan Kane, who would wind up the third leading rusher in school history and rushed for 1,161 yards and 10 touchdowns in 1999.
His first full time coaching job came at Wyoming, coaching the wide receivers in 1993-94. He coached two extremely talented receivers while in Laramie in Ryan Yarborough, who was second in the NCAA in receptions in 1993, and Marcus Harris, who led the nation in receiving yards in 1994. Both Harris and Yarborough earned All-America honors for the Cowboys.
Kennedy got his start in the college ranks in the Big 10 Conference with two graduate assistant positions, first for two years (1990-91) at Illinois and then in 1992 at Penn State under Joe Paterno. While at Illinois, he was on the Illini staff that dealt Colorado its only loss, 23-22, in CU's national championship season. At Penn State, he worked with the tight ends and helped coach two future All-Americans in Troy Drayton and Kyle Brady.
He graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a degree in Political Science in 1989 after lettering at quarterback for four seasons from 1985-88. He began his coaching career at Boulder High School, his alma mater, where he graduated from in 1985 and lettered in football and track. He is married to the former LaShonda Lawrence.
TOP PLAYERS COACHED: All-Americans (4): Marcus Harris, Jordan Shipley, Reggie Williams, Ryan Yarborough. All-Big 12/Pac-10/ACC/MWC (9): Desmond Clark, Quan Cosby, Clarence Farmer, Marcus Harris, Morgan Kane, Billy Pittman, Shipley, Sweed, Yarborough. NFL-CU Draft Picks (1): Toney Clemons.
RECORD: He has coached in 230 Division I-A games as a full-time coach with a record of 131-99, (3-10 at Colorado, 75-15 at Texas, 13-12 at Washington, 5-6 at Arizona, 21-46 at Wake Forest and 14-10 at Wyoming). Including his time as a grad assistant at Illinois and Penn State, he has coached in 12 bowl games, including four BCS bowl games (two BCS title games at the Rose Bowl, one Rose and a Fiesta).