Kennedy, a Boulder native, has coached the Longhorns over the past seven seasons and brings valuable Texas recruiting ties and 20 years of college coaching experience to the new staff being assembled by coach Jon Embree, who was hired earlier this month to replace Dan Hawkins.
In addition to his experience with Texas where he has been a part of one national title team and two national championship games, Kennedy has coached for six other major college programs, including five other Bowl Championship Series schools. He has coached in 12 bowl games.
Kennedy grew up in Boulder and attended Boulder High School in the 1980s. He graduated from Northern Colorado in 1989 and began his coaching career the next year as a graduate assistant at Illinois.
Kennedy is the eighth full-time assistant coach Embree has hired. Embree is expected to round out the staff by naming a quarterbacks coach next week as well. That coach is expected to come from an NFL team that is expected to complete its season this weekend.
The 2011 Colorado football staff includes offensive coordinator/running backs Eric Bieniemy, defensive coordinator/secondary Greg Brown, offensive line coach Steve Marshall, tight ends coach and special teams J.D.
Brookhart, wide receivers Kennedy, inside linebackers and defensive running game coordinator Brian Cabral, outside linebackers and defensive ends Kanavis McGhee and defensive tackles Mike Tuiasosopo.
Embree also is looking for a strength and conditioning coach and has talked with several candidates for the job. Texas strength and conditioning coach Jeff Madden was one possibility for the job because of his relationship with Embree and Bieniemy and his history at CU, but he is not a candidate.