If championships are, indeed, won up front, the UWG Wolves have one of the best young offensive line coaches in the country to oversee that part of the 2017 team. Veteran Cody Kennedy is back for the second straight season, and his third overall, as a member of the Wolves’ staff.
Kennedy returned to the UWG program a year ago, coming back from a post at North Carolina-Pembroke. He had served as a graduate assistant at UWG in 2014, coming here with former head coach Will Hall.
Kennedy assumed the offensive line duties last season, seeing two of his charges earn All-America notice: center Harley Vaughan and tackle Austin Kastl. Also, two other Wolves blockers claimed berths on the All-Gulf South Conference Team in guard Quentin Stanford and Amanii Brown.
Prior to his original coming to West Georgia, Kennedy served two seasons as a grad assistant on the staff at West Alabama. There, he was part of the Tigers’ run of a 17-7 record, a pair of GSC titles, and a host of school offensive records.
It was more of the same during Kennedy’s first season with the Wolves. Three UWG offensive linemen earned All-GSC honors, paving the way for record rushing numbers. Those numbers also paved the way to team success with a 12-3 record and the NCAA Division II Super Region 2 title.
Kennedy’s move into the coaching ranks followed an outstanding playing career at Southeastern Louisiana. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Physical Education from SLU in 2012. He also holds a master’s degree from West Alabama.