Kalamazoo, MI (WQLR) – Former Penn State offensive line coach Bill Kenney has been named the new offensive line coach for WMU replacing A.J. Ricker who left the Broncos to become the tight ends/tackles coach for Middle Tennessee State.
Kenney brings nearly three decades of experience at the Big Ten level to the Western Michigan.
"Bill comes to us with over 27 years of coaching experience having coached 18 All-Big Ten players, six All-Americans, 10 Academic All-Americans and 47 Academic All-Big Ten players, not to mention 30 players that went on the NFL. He has an incredible amount of experience and he brings an incredible amount of knowledge, passion and energy to this program. He's a true professional and we couldn't be happier to have him here," commented WMU head coach P.J. Fleck.
"He is a great recruiter and when Greg Schiano says that he is not only a great coach but a better recruiter and a better person, that speaks volumes to me. When you look at his resume and see all of the All-Americans and Academic All-Americans, but then hear that about him and his character it is a no brainer. He is a wonderful person and we are very happy to have him, his wife Kathryn and his family (Joseph, Matthew and Jacqueline) here in town."
Kenney brings 30 years of coaching experience to the Broncos with a bulk of that coming at Penn State University where he began as a graduate assistant (1988) and worked with the offensive line from 1989-2011. He took on the role of recruiting coordinator in 1992-95 and worked directly with offensive tackles and tight ends from 2000-11.
During his time with the Nittany Lions, Kenney coached six All-Americans and 18 All-Big Ten players. He coached 10 Academic All-Americans and 47 Academic All-Big Ten players.
Kenney developed 30 NFL players, 25 draft picks and five free agents, all whom received their degrees from PSU. He recruited 32 NFL draft picks, including five first round picks. His offensive line paved the way for Larry Johnson to rush for a program record 2,587 yards and helped produce eight 1,000-yard rushers since 2002.
His offensive line ranked fourth nationally in sacks allowed in 2008, allowing just 13 sacks. In 2005 the Penn State offensive line allowed fewer than 15 sacks and finished second in the Big Ten in rushing and scoring.
Prior to joining Penn State, Kenney served as a graduate assistant at Nebraska (1986-87) and worked at his alma mater, Norwich University, in the offensive backfield in 1982. Kenney was a three-year starter at Norwich as a tight end/fullback and was team co-captain in 1981.