Kennedy, Leonard receive top CAA coaching honors
Elon Baseball Coach Mike Kennedy and Elon Men's Tennis Coach Michael Leonard were each named Colonia Athletic Association Coach of the Year for their sports.
Elon Baseball Coach Mike Kennedy and Elon Men's Tennis Coach Michael Leonard were each named Coach of the Year for their sports by the Colonial Athletic Association.
In his 23rd season leading the Phoenix, Kennedy secured his first CAA Coach of the Year honor after coaching the maroon and gold to its first CAA regular-season title with a 19-5 record in league play. Elon won seven of eight conference series, to include four series sweeps, and went on a run of 12 consecutive CAA wins.
Kennedy and the Phoenix reached 30 wins for the 17th time during his tenure. The distinction marks his fifth Coach of the Year honor and fourth during Elon's DI era. He was selected the SoCon's Coach of the Year in 2006, 2008 and 2009. Kennedy was also chosen as Coach of the Year in 1997 when Elon was in its final year in the South Atlantic Conference.
Leonard earns the second CAA Coach of the Year honor of his career after guiding Elon to its first CAA Championship and a 21-4 record this season. He also earned the league's honor in 2016 when he guided Elon to a 17-6 record and a No. 2 seed in the CAA Championships.
For Leonard, this is his seventh-career conference coach of the year award as he was a five-time Southern Conference Coach of the Year (2006, 2007, 2011, 2013, 2014) before the Phoenix joined the CAA.