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Kennedy elevates Andy Courtney to head varsity girls' basketball coach

He has served at numerous levels within the program, most recently head freshman coach

Cedar Rapids Kennedy Cougars
Cedar Rapids Kennedy Cougars

CEDAR RAPIDS — Andy Courtney has served in numerous capacities for the past eight years within the Kennedy High School girls’ basketball program.

Here’s a new one: Head varsity coach.

Athletics Director Aaron Stecker announced Courtney’s hiring, pending board approval, via release Friday afternoon.

“We are excited about the positive experience, engaging personality and passion for Kennedy basketball (that) Coach Courtney will bring to our program in his new role as head coach,” Stecker said in the release. “Andy is also extremely committed to co-curricular athletics and the impact the sport of basketball will have on the overall development our young student-athletes.”

Courtney, 41, succeeds Tony Vis, who stepped down in February, citing “conflict with parents.” Vis coached the Cougars for six years, compiling an 82-57 record.

“I’m excited, and a little nervous, to be honest,” Courtney said. “It’s all brand new in terms of responsibility. I’ve been through this at the lower levels, on a much smaller scale.”

Courtney began in the Kennedy program as an assistant freshman coach in 2010, and has worked in the system under both Vis and previous head coach Dennis Roloff. Courtney has served as an assistant sophomore coach, head junior varsity coach, and most recently as head freshman coach.

Kennedy is coming off back-to-back losing seasons for the first time in school history. The Cougars were 11-12 last winter, and return 54 percent of their scoring from that squad.

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“We’re going to set expectations,” Courtney said. "We’re going to instill good attitudes and hard work, and we’re going to put ownership on the girls. They’re going to be as good as they want to be.”

Courtney teaches at Kennedy in the special-education department. He graduated from Cedar Rapids Jefferson in 1995 and from the University of Northern Iowa in 2000, earning his master’s from Morningside College. He is married with three children.

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