Head Soccer Coach
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Xander Kennedy begins his third year as head coach of the Stephens College soccer program, which was resurrected in 2012. Kennedy gladly welcomed the challenges of building a varsity program from scratch and has knocked down several barriers along the way.
In 2012, the Stars began fall camp with just seven players, but that number quickly grew to 18 following a recruiting effort on campus. Stephens scheduled 11 opponents in its first year of existence, two of which were exhibition contests. The Stars (0-9) managed to hold four teams to single-digits in scoring, including matches with MacMurray, William Woods, Benedictine Springfield and Hannibal-LaGrange.
In his second year leading the young, but up-and-coming squad, Kennedy guided the program to several firsts, including but not limited to the first goal, first win and first American Midwest Conference (AMC) Offensive Player of the Week honor. Also for a second year in a row, the Stars were awarded the AMC Fair Play & Sportsmanship Award and went the entire season without receiving a yellow card.
Kennedy began his coaching career at the youth level and also has experience leading a grassroots soccer movement. As a sophomore, he played on the first varsity soccer program at Warrensburg (Mo.) High School.
In addition to coaching duties, Kennedy works in the Stephens College Admissions office where he serves as the Transfer Admissions Coordinator. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and English from Truman State University, a Master's of Professional Writing from the University of Southern California, and is now working on his Master's of Education in Counseling.