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Last updated: March 29. 2014 3:03PM - 1143 Views
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Former Wyoming Area head coach Ryan Kennedy sports a pink tie during the Coaches vs. Cancer game held recently at Wyoming Area.
Former Wyoming Area head coach Ryan Kennedy sports a pink tie during the Coaches vs. Cancer game held recently at Wyoming Area.
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Wyoming Area girls basketball coach Ryan Kennedy stepped down from the position last week to focus on his family and take some time away from the game.


Kennedy has been a part of Wyoming Area basketball for the past eight years. He was an assistant to now Pittston Area coach Kathy Healey when she was the head coach at Wyoming Area.


“This has been a part of my life for eight years now,” Kennedy said. “It’s going to be my first time to focus on my family and take a moment away from the game.”


Kennedy, who is married, is looking forward to the personal side of things, rather than sports right now. He is an English teacher at Wyoming Area.


The Warriors finished the 2013-14 season on a pretty high note. They weren’t given an automatic bid to the PIAA District 2 Class AAA playoffs. However, they worked their way in.


In a play-in game against Coughlin, Nicole Turner clinched a 33-27 win with two free throws and Felicia Turner hit the go-ahead basket with under three minutes remaining. That sent the Warriors to a clash with eventual district champion Holy Redeemer.


“This was a difficult decision,” he said. “The kids are phenomenal and have been for years. I wish them nothing but the best success in life. They are a great group of girls.”


Kennedy stepped down just one week after boys basketball head coach Al Brogna resigned from his post. Kennedy said his decision was not linked to Brogna’s.


The former girls coach did say, however, the itch will eventually come back and he’ll want to get back in the game.


“I have a deep passion for the game of basketball as most people know,” he said.


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