Few people have had the experience, or the success, that the late George Kennedy achieved in coaching soccer. He began in Jacksonville, FL, winning three state titles at Bishop Kenny High School. Making his way to North Carolina, he coached Belmont Abbey College for two years, then the Wake Forest University club team. Under George, the Deacons became an NCAA Division I intercollegiate program and he was head coach from 1980-85. He was the ACC Coach of the Year in 1981 and compiled a record of 64-52-14. George also coached in the Twin Cities Youth Soccer Association and guided five teams to Under-19 state championships. At Western Guilford High School his boys won the state 3-A title in 1992 and the girls claimed state 1-A/2-A championships in 2004-05. In 2014 George was inducted into the NC Soccer Hall of Fame. After retiring from teaching, George coached at Bishop McGuinness until his death at age 71 on Nov. 23, 2016.