Garden City, N.Y. – Since the program’s adoption in 2004, the Adelphi University women’s bowling team has only had two head coaches in its history.
In the midst of his ninth year at the helm, Dennis Kearney has officially stepped away from his duties as head coach.
“We appreciate everything that Dennis gave to Adelphi during his time here,” Adelphi Director of Athletics and Campus Recreation Danny McCabe said. “He attracted a lot of extremely talented individuals to Adelphi. Because of the success that we’ve enjoyed and folks that remain in the program, we are excited about the direction of the team with a new coach.”
Kearney’s time with the Panthers concludes with a near 500 victories at a career record of 452-312. He led the Brown and Gold to back-to-back ECC titles in 2016 and 2017 and brought Adelphi back to an ECC Championship final appearance in 2021-22. Kearney’s career winning percentage stood at a stellar .591.
“Building up this program to where it is currently has been a rewarding opportunity that I have been blessed to experience,” said Kearney. “I am grateful for all of the successes and milestones we have achieved together.”
Additionally, Kearney — a four-time ECC Coach of the Year — coached ten ECC All-Conference bowlers, including two-time ECC Bowler of the Year and All-American Rebecca Gotterbarn.
His teams appeared consistently in the NTCA Top 25 rankings and achieved top billing in the classroom, where Kearney’s squad — in 2019-20 — had the highest cumulative grade-point average of any NCAA women’s bowling program in the country.
“To decide to depart from the Adelphi University women’s bowling program has been a most difficult decision. I look forward to the next chapter and future challenges in my life, and wish nothing but success for the program and its future athletes.”
A search for a new coach will commence immediately, with the team currently in the hunt for its third ECC Championship crown.
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