Kennedy resigns as St. John's-PH coach

March 11, 1997


Staff Writer

FREDERICK, Md. - The face at the top will change, but the commitment will remain the same.

Steve Kennedy, who built St. John's at Prospect Hall into a nationally ranked girls program from nothing in five years, resigned Monday to pursue other interests, he said.

Athletic director David Owens said a search for a new coach will begin immediately and he wants the high profile to continue.

"We'll still have the same goals - strive for excellence and maintain our commitment to the program," Owens said.

Kennedy, last year's Associated Press Coach of the Year for Maryland, had a five-year record of 98-20. This year's team, ranked No. 3 in Maryland, finished the season at 28-3.


"There's no sour grapes," Kennedy said. "I need to go on to other basketball opportunities."

Kennedy will be involved in two recruiting service ventures and plans to continue working camps and clinics in the Tri-State area.

In 1992, St. John's brought Stu Vetter aboard to coach the boys' basketball program. At the same time, Kennedy was hired to revive a girls' basketball program which had ceased five years earlier.

The first year's team went 17-3. In the second year, a freshman from Washington, D.C., named Nikki Teasley moved to Frederick County and came to St. John's.

Four years later, Teasley is a finalist for all three major national player of the year awards, and has helped elevate the Vikings into national prominence.

"That first year with Nikki, I didn't know how good she really was," Kennedy recalled. "Against Holy Cross, we were down by two, she stole the ball and made a 3-pointer and won the game for us. Everything was special after that."

The Vikings went 17-0 last year and were ranked No. 2 in the state. This year, the Vikings started the season in the national Top 25, making St. John's at Prospect Hall one of the few schools to ever simultaneously hold national boys and girls rankings.

Kennedy said he will devote more time to being the president of the state's girls' basketball coaches association.

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