Pope John Paul II High School (JPII) has named Pat Kennedy the new head coach of the men’s lacrosse team. Kennedy will be the fourth men’s lacrosse head coach in the school’s history, succeeding Bob Page, JPII’s longest-tenured head coach.
Coach Kennedy comes to JPII from Culver Academy in Culver, Indiana, where he served as an assistant coach to one of the top ranked teams in the nation. Before joining the team in Culver, Coach Kennedy served as the head coach and program director at Episcopal School of Dallas, compiling an impressive 117-25 record, six final four appearances, five conference championships and a state title in his seven-year tenure. From 2007 to 2011, he coached in the college ranks at the College of Mount Saint Joseph, leading the Lions to the first winning season in the school’s history. He began his coaching career at Archbishop Moeller High School in Cincinnati, his alma mater, where he earned a city championship and a final four appearance as an assistant coach. His playing career took him from Archbishop Moeller to Syracuse University, where he was a member of the NCAA Division I National Championship team in 2000.
JPII Athletic Director John Dempsey complimented Coach Kennedy’s impressive résumé and expressed excitement for the program’s future. “Pat brings a wealth of lacrosse experience from various levels,” Dempsey said. “He has been successful everywhere he has coached and understands what it takes to play at the next level, both as a player and a coach. He has sent several of his former students to play NCAA lacrosse. It is obvious from meeting him that he loves the game and wants to promote its growth across all levels. He is eager to get involved within our community and to build on the strong foundation that Coach Page has begun.”
Kennedy will replace Bob Page, who is stepping down after a 13-year career as the men’s head lacrosse coach at JPII. Coach Page joined the school in 2006 as a coach and an instructor in the social studies department. Under his leadership, the team enjoyed its first winning season a year after his arrival and won Division II state championship titles in 2009 and 2011. Coach Page received the Tennessee Lacrosse Association’s Coach of the Year award twice, and earned JPII Harvest Awards for excellence in coaching and teaching during his tenure. While he is stepping down as the head coach, Page will continue to help coach the program. Page also will continue to teach at JPII, leading classes on the stock market and entrepreneurism in the school’s Innov8 program and teaching AP Economics.
“We are so grateful to Coach Bob Page for all he has done with our lacrosse program for the past 13 years,” Dempsey said. “Bob has left our lacrosse program on a very strong foundation to build on, and we are excited about the future of lacrosse here at JPII. He has positively impacted numerous players and their families and has sent many players on to college to continue playing the sport he taught them to love. We cannot wait to see what Bob does with his new entrepreneurism program and the impact it will have on our students. We also thank his wife, Kate Page, and his children for supporting him in his passion and commitment to his student-athletes.”
Coach Kennedy is married to Kate Kennedy, who is a teacher, and they have three children: PJ (10), Ryan (7), and Keegan (2).
Founded in 2002, Pope John Paul II High School is a college preparatory Catholic high school in Hendersonville, Tennessee. The school serves over 580 students across the Middle Tennessee area. For more information, visit www.jp2hs.org.