San Marcos announced Thursday evening that assistant volleyball coach Glenn Kennedy has been promoted to the program’s new head coach.
“Everything came together and it worked out, so I’m pretty excited and excited to get the ball rolling with the girls now off-season,” Kennedy said.
“Coach Kennedy is the right man to take charge of our volleyball program and move our girls forward,” said San Marcos Consolidated ISD Athletics Director John Walsh. “Glenn is a proven winner as a head coach and has the positive energy we want to lead Rattler Athletics.”
The vacancy was opened by former Lady Rattlers head coach Jared Te’o, who resigned in December after two seasons with the team. Kennedy was inducted into the program by Te’o this season to become an assistant varsity coach and lead the junior varsity team, the two are linked through their time as coaches in club volleyball.
Early in the season, Kennedy stepped in as San Marcos’ interim head coach while Te’o had an illness. The pair of coaches led Purple and White to their most winning season in the history of the program, with a total of 32-13.
“Last summer I wanted to bring in someone I knew could benefit the girls, myself as a coach and the program — not just immediately, but in the long run,” Te’o said. “Glenn was critical to our success last season and it wouldn’t have happened without him. He has flipped a program very similar to San Marcos and I know he will push Rattler Volleyball even further.
“He’s a good friend on and off the field and he’s constantly trying to learn and grow as a coach, which will be a big win for San Marcos. It was hard to leave, but I know Kennedy is more than capable and that makes me excited to continue to monitor and support the team’s success.”
Before arriving at San Marcos, Kennedy started in volleyball as a senior with Cleveland Tarkington. He was friends with the son of Lady Longhorns head coach Denise Johnson, who would ask them to come in and help the team practice. Johnson’s daughter was also the director of the only club team around, which gave Kennedy his first chance to coach.
Kennedy got his first job as a high school coach with Liberty in 2015, where he spent two seasons as an assistant before being promoted to head coach in 2017, where he led the team to a 48-31 record in two years. The coach was then hired in 2019 from Texas City, a school that by then had not made the playoffs for three years.
“I’ve always loved the opportunity to take programs that were struggling and challenge myself to see what I could do and if I can change a program,” Kennedy said. “And that’s kind of where Texas City was.”
The Lady Stingarees finished 32-15 overall and 10-4 in District 22-5A in 2019, finishing third in the district and ending the playoff drought – Kennedy was voted Coach of the Year in the competition. The following season, the team went 15-8 overall and 10-6 in district play, going three rounds deep into the playoffs and reaching the UIL 5A regional quarterfinals.
Kennedy said it was strange to sit back and not be the one to take the lead this year when he joined San Marcos, a move he made so he could spend more time with his younger brother, Jagger. But he is confident that it will be very helpful to be included in the program already if he takes over.
“Jared and I joked all the time, you know, if it wasn’t him, I don’t know if I could have been an assistant to someone else,” Kennedy said. “I know the girls now, the girls know me, they know my style. I believe they’ve already become fully established in what we’re doing this off-season as I’ve been working with them. You know, our bar is pretty high, but they’re on board and they’re ready to keep pushing and making waves like we’ve been doing here over the years.”
The new head coach will now oversee a transition period for the Lady Rattlers as seven seniors graduate this spring. But Kennedy is looking forward to the challenge and the opportunity to put his own stamp on the team.
“I’m really big on out-of-the-box volleyball. I like to try new things and do things that are not really conventional,” Kennedy said. “Up here I feel like there is a certain type of ball that is played across the board for most schools and we are pushing this off season really to do things differently.
“We’re going to speed up our attack a lot. I’ve got some girls that are going to play new positions and we’re going to try new things. And it’s just, you know, the girls are buying in and ready to jump in and do whatever we have to do to be successful to compete at the highest level.”