Dave Carducci at the Record Courier reports that Kent State is almost ready to begin its quest for a new athletic director. Laing Kennedy will retire at the end of this school year.
Some of the highlights of Kennedy’s tenure at Kent State have been the addition of two new sports (women’s soccer and women’s golf), the installation of lights, a new scoreboard and seating at Dix Stadium and new state-of-the-art FieldTurf playing surface; new locker rooms in the M.A.C. Center for the volleyball, men’s and women’s basketball, wrestling and gymnastics teams; the construction of Murphy-Mellis Field (field hockey); Olga Mural Field at Schoonover Stadium (baseball); the Ferrara & Page Golf Training Center facility; and the renovation of the entire Dix Stadium Complex including the Kent State softball stadium. One of the biggest accomplishments has been the full certification status announced by the NCAA in 1997 and again in 2004. (Courtesy of Kent State Athletic Communications)