Lynn Kennedy enters his first season at Portland State in 2015-16 after being named the Head Women’s Basketball Coach by Director of Athletics Mark Rountree on April 7, 2015.
Kennedy came to Portland State with 14 years experience as a collegiate head coach and more than 20 years coaching experience overall. For the past 10 seasons, he led the Southern Oregon women’s basketball program to outstanding success. The Raiders went 27-5 this past season, ranked in the top 10 in the nation, and reached the NAIA Division II Sweet 16. In all, Kennedy was 208-105 as head coach at Southern Oregon, leading three teams to the NAIA National Tournament.
Kennedy’s Raider program had six 20-win seasons, including each of the last three. Kennedy’s players earned 22 All-Conference honors, four All-American honors, and eight Academic All-American honors.
In 2014-15, Southern Oregon led the Cascade Collegiate Conference in eight statistical categories, including scoring, field goal percentage, three-point percentage, and rebounding.
The Southern Oregon Raiders were 4-25 the year before Kennedy took over the women’s basketball program. His first season they won 12 games, followed by 18 in 2006-07, and then a school-record 29-5 mark in 2007-08.
As the head coach at NCAA II New Mexico Highlands from 2002-05, Kennedy took a team that won only four games the season before his arrival and within three seasons led it to the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Western Division title.
Kennedy has coaching experience in the Big Sky Conference as well. He was an assistant coach at Eastern Washington (1999-2001) and Idaho State (2001-02). Kennedy was named the interim Head Coach at Idaho State for the final seven games of that season.
His coaching career began as an assistant at Northwest University in Kirkland, WA. He was the head coach for one season (1998-99) before moving on to Eastern Washington.
Kennedy, a native of Eugene, OR, prepped at Cascade High School in Everett, WA, and then played collegiately at Northwest Christian College and Northwest University.
Lynn and his wife, Amy, have two sons, Graycen and Parker.