NJIT to announce Brian Kennedy as next head coach

NJIT Athletics

NJIT will hold a press conference on Friday to announce that Brian Kennedy has been named the head coach, replacing Jim Engles.

Engles left the Newark, N.J., school to take over for Kyle Smith at Columbia.

Kennedy’s family launched the Hoop Group, an organization that runs many AAU tournaments and instructional camps up and down the eastern half of the United States, where he worked after graduating from Monmouth. He spent five years on DePaul’s staff, helping recruit the class headlined by Quentin Richardson, before leaving the business for seven years. He returned to the Hoop Group in 2009, eventually joining Engles’ staff at NJIT in 2012, when the school was still a Division I independent.

The Highlanders went 20-15 this past season, their first as a member of the Atlantic Sun. They advanced to the semifinals of the CIT where they to Columbia, ironically enough.