|Area of Distinction:||Men's Soccer|
In 2010, Scott Kennell became the fourth player from the North Carolina Wesleyan men’s soccer program to garner Hall of Fame status at the time. A two-time All-Region and All-Conference performer, Kennell’s Battling Bishop tenure saw him break the program’s career record for goals, as well as single-season records for goals and total points at the time of his departure.
Known by most as a prolific scorer, Kennell actually began his Wesleyan career in 1994 on the defensive side of the ball after an injury to a teammate left the Bishops shorthanded. It was not until his 1996 junior season that the Baltimore native moved to his natural forward position, and he proceeded to score 16 goals and two assists en route to the first of two All-Conference and All-Region awards.
As a senior, Kennell turned in the best season of his career and was named the squad’s Most Valuable Player after turning in a program-record 21 goals, a record which stood until the 2008 season. He also added five assists that season for 47 total points, which was also a program-best at the time. Despite playing only two seasons at forward, Kennell finished his career with 42 goals, breaking the previous all-time record of 38.
Upon graduating from Wesleyan, Kennell was the eighth overall college player to be taken in the 1998 Eastern Indoor Soccer League (EISL) draft, and after one season, he was acquired by the Eastern Shore Sharks of the USL (United Soccer League). He served as team captain and led the team in goals scored for two seasons before taking the head coaching job at Lycoming College in 2000.
Kennell proceeded to become Lycoming’s all-time winningest coach, earning MAC Coach of the Year honors in 2007. In 2008, he was named Lycoming’s Director of Athletics and later picked up his 100th coaching win in 2009. In 2010, Kennell was inducted in the Perry Hall High School Alumni Association Hall of Fame.