Pulaski Hires State Coach of the Year Kennedy as Football Coach

Published 02/03 2012 03:27PM

Updated 02/03 2012 03:30PM

PULASKI (Pulaski High School) - Jed Kennedy, the Associated Press and Wisconsin Football Coaches Association/Green Bay Packers High School Football Coach of the Year, has accepted the position of physical education teacher and Head Football Coach at Pulaski High School.

    Kennedy, who currently is the Athletic Director and Dean of Students at Kenosha-Bradford High School guided the Kenosha-Bradford football team to an undefeated season in 2011, culminating in the Division 1 State Football Championship.

    He has served as the head football coach at Kenosha-Bradford for the last five years, compiling a record 54 wins and nine losses.

    "There is a short list of great, young football coaches in the state of Wisconsin and Jed Kennedy is on that list," said Pulaski Athletic Director Jerad Marsh.

    Kennedy visited Pulaski several times and interviewed with a committee of parents, coaches and administrators before he was selected. Marsh also visited Kenosha-Bradford and had the opportunity to watch Kennedy interacting with Bradford students first-hand.

    "I observed Coach Kennedy with hundreds of students of all types. His interactions were extremely positive and it was easy to see that the Bradford students have the upmost respect and regard for Jed," Marsh said.

    Kennedy is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls where he was a defensive lineman for Coach John O'Grady. He also served as an assistant coach at the school after graduating.

     He began his educational career in Florida and coached in Illinois before moving to Kenosha. Coach Kennedy, his wife Melissa, who is a teacher in the Kenosha School District, and their two daughters, will be moving to the Pulaski community in the coming months.

    "Coach Kennedy will be coming to PHS often to meet with players, coaches, parents and community members throughout the next several months," Marsh said.

    Kennedy replaces former Red Raider football coach Gary Westerman who, after a one year stint as head football coach at Pulaski, stepped down to coach the Bay Port Pirates football team.

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