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Incarnate Word football to replace head coach Larry Kennan

The University of Incarnate Word announced Monday that Larry Kennan will not return as the team's head football coach next year.

SAN ANTONIO - The University of Incarnate Word announced Monday that Larry Kennan will not return as the team's head football coach next year.

Kennan was hired in 2012, as the program began its transition from Division II to Division I status. The Cardinals won 20 games in six seasons, with a 30.3 winning percentage during Kennan's tenure. Kennan led his team to two winning seasons (2013, 2015) before winning just one game in the 2017 season.

Incarnate Word placed ninth out of 11 teams in the Southland Conference this season with a 1-9 record.

"I want to thank Coach Kennan for his six years of hard work on behalf of hundreds of student-athletes," said Brian Wickstrom, director of athletics. "The UIW mission calls for respectful interaction that advances the discovery of truth, mutual understanding, self-realization and the common good. Coach Kennan fulfilled the mission and has set our program up for success at the highest level of college football."

The university will begin a national search for Kennan's replacement immediately, the release stated.

Three players reached the NFL while under Kennan's tutelage, with Cole Wick (Detroit Lions), Myke Tavarres (Philadelphia Eagles) and Alex Jenkins (New Orleans Saints) signing professional contracts.

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