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Parkland baseball coach headed to High Point
 July 10, 2013

ROD LOVETT, PARKLAND COLLEGE

Parkland College Head Baseball Coach Matt Kennedy has accepted the position as Recruiting Coordinator and Assistant Coach at High Point University an NCAA D-1 school in High Point, NC.  Kennedy recently completed his 5th year at Parkland and compiled a record of 217-76 during his time in Champaign. His tenure was highlighted by two trips to the NJCAA D-2 World Series, winning the National Championship in 2009 and finishing 5th in 2010. While at Parkland, Kennedy coached 8 NJCAA All-American's and over 75 of his players received scholarships to NCAA and NAIA programs.  The team also showed significant improvement in the classroom regularly earning a grade point average of 3.0 or higher while 7 players were named NJCAA Academic All-American's.

"I've thoroughly enjoyed my time at Parkland and appreciate the opportunity that was given me to lead such an outstanding program. The championship in 2009 will always be a highlight of my coaching career as was the chance to work with so many excellent players. It was a difficult decision to leave PC but I felt it was time for a new challenge and High Point is an up and coming program with an exciting future. We've sent two players (Nate Roberts and Jon Carlson) to play for the Panthers and they had nothing but good things to say about the High Point program" said Coach Kennedy.

"While I'm disappointed to lose a coach like Matt, I'm also excited for him as he begins this new career path. It's flattering to know that other college and universities think so highly of our coaches that they seek them out when they have openings. When I hired Matt, I knew that keeping much longer than 5 years would be very difficult so I'm not surprised that he is moving on. He did an outstanding job with our players both on the field and in the classroom and will truly be missed. Having said that, I know their will be a strong pool of applicants for the job as this is one of the top two-year jobs in the state and the country. I hope to have a new coach in place by the end of the month or early August." said Cobra Athletic Director Rod Lovett. 



























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