BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC/UAB) - Andy Kennedy is coming home. Kennedy was named the seventh head coach of the University of Alabama at Birmingham men’s basketball program.
Pending approval by the University of Alabama System Board of Trustees, Kennedy will return to his alma mater where he is the second leading scorer in program history. A two-time SEC Coach of the Year and winningest coach in the University of Mississippi history, Kennedy most recently coached at Ole Miss from 2006-2018, before spending the last two years as a commentator for ESPN and the SEC Network.
Kennedy has signed a six-year contract which goes through the 2025-26 season.
“Andy is a proven winner both as a player and a coach, and we are elated to have him lead our men’s basketball program,” said Ingram. “He helped build UAB basketball’s proud tradition as one of the best to ever play here, and I am confident he will elevate the program to new heights as our coach. Andy will add to the growing momentum of our university and city as a whole. I want to thank President Watts, the UA System and Board of Trustees for their tremendous support in bringing Coach Kennedy to UAB.”
Kennedy played at UAB from 1988-91 and holds multiple school records. In just three seasons, he scored 1,787 points – the second most in school history – and also holds the school record for career 3-point field goals made (318) and attempted (728), 3-point field goal percentage (.437), free throw percentage (.872) and highest single season scoring average (21.8 ppg in 1990-91).
Additionally, he holds UAB’s record for most points scored by a sophomore (603) and by a senior (676), most career 20+ point games (43), most career 30+ point games (7) along with the most points scored in a single game (41 vs. Saint Louis on Jan. 13, 1991).
Kennedy was named First Team All-Sun Belt as a senior in 1990-91, as well as Second Team All-Sun Belt as a junior in 1989-90.
“I am blessed to be able to return to my alma mater, in a city that I love, to lead this storied basketball program,” Kennedy said. “I want to thank Dr. Watts and Mark Ingram for believing in me and affording me this tremendous opportunity. In 1977, when Gene Bartow came to the Magic City to start UAB Athletics, he did so with a vision to create a nationally relevant basketball program. It is now my mission to restore this program back to its rightful place on the college basketball landscape.”
A native of Louisville, Mississippi, Kennedy and his wife Kimber have two daughters.