Andy Kennedy, manager of the University of Mississippi basketball team, has met the Montgomery Ole Miss Club for the first time since being hired in 2006.
The Montgomery Ole Miss Club is the group formed by Mississippi students as they come together in celebration of their academic and athletic achievements.
Although this is the first time Kennedy has met the club in seven years, he acknowledges it's important to show his support.
“We are constantly asking people to come to us, to come to Oxford, for events, so I think it’s important for us to reciprocate,” Kennedy said. “To come to them and let them know how much we appreciate their support.”
Kennedy is the first head coach to meet the group since former football coach David Cutcliffe met them in 2000.
Alumna Cindy Seibels thought it was very excited to see Kennedy at the club and the group were pleased to have him.
“I think it creates a camaraderie,” Seibels said. “It’s very important, and it’s very exciting for us in Montgomery because we don’t get a lot of coaches here. It’s really, really special. We’re thrilled to have him.”
Kennedy is one of the most influential coaches the University have ever had. During his seven seasons at the helm, Kennedy has led Ole Miss to a pair of SouthEastern Conference titles in 2007 and 2010 and one SouthEastern tournament championship last year. He has also led them to the first two National Invitation Tournament Final Four appearances in the University's history.
Last season Mississippi came second in the SouthEastern Conference regular season and qualified as a 12 seed in the NCAA tournament. They lost in the last second in the round of 32 but it was their first tournament appearance since 2002.
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