Fortune Magazine Names JHU Head Coach George Kennedy The World’s 36th Greatest Leader

Johns Hopkins Head Coach George Kennedy is being recognized as one of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders by Fortune Magazine on the CNN Money website. Kennedy is being honored as someone “who will inspire you — some famous, others little known, all of them energizing their followers and making the world better.”

Fortune Magazine’s Geoff Colvin, the Senior Editor-At-Large, credited Kennedy with winning 23 conference titles and 17 top 5 finishes at the NCAA Championships as a team, not including Johns Hopkins’ performance at the NCAA Championships this past weekend.

This past weekend the Johns Hopkins women’s team earned their highest finish at the Division 3 NCAA Championships in Indianapolis, IN, winning every relay. In addition to their fantastic third place finish, swimmer Ana Bogdanovski was named the Swimmer of the Meet and Coach Kennedy was named the 2014 Coach of the Year by the CSCAA.

Coach Kennedy was named the World’s 36th Greatest Leader. Also making the list was TIME Magazines Person of the Year Pope Francis, former President Bill Clinton, the leader of the European Union Angela Merkel, the CEO of Ford Alan Mullaly, the Dalai Lama, Apple’s CEO Tim Cook, Angelina Jolie, and many others. Mike Krzyzewski (Duke Men’s Basketball Coach), Gregg Popovich (San Antoni Spurs Coach), and Dawn Staley (South Carolina Women’s Basketball Coach) were the only other coaches that made the list, all tying at 20th.

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6 years ago

Um, why?

Scott Armstrong
6 years ago

I could not be more proud of my old coach George! George remains one of the most influential and important individuals in my life! Anyone who knows him is not surprised by this great honor!

Reply to  Scott Armstrong
6 years ago

What? How has anyone outside of division 3 swimming ever even heard of George Kennedy? He hasn’t ever even won a team NCAA title let alone made an impact on any of the Division I elite level swimmers. I can think of multiple division 3 coaches who have more honors and achievements. Sounds like somebody on the inside wanted to honor a close friend.

Not to take away from George. I’ve always heard he’s a great person and he is extremely respectful on deck, but a division 3 swim coach getting this honor seems a little absurd.

Chris DeSantis
Reply to  D3Swimmer
6 years ago

I am sorry for your sake that you don’t know George, but if you did I am sure you would understand. An anecdote: when I started coaching I was a effectively a volunteer at Penn. I earned 150 every two weeks. I met George at the Kenyon invite. He was president of the CSCAA at the time and asked me if I was going to convention. I told him no- I was leaving Penn and looking for a full time job, and so I couldn’t afford the plane trip and the hotel. George insisted I stay with him! Later when he turned me down as an assistant coach, he made time to meet with me during homecoming and gave me… Read more »

6 years ago

The “World’s Greatest Coach” award that my summer league team gave me back in the ’90s just lost a little bit of its luster.

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The writer formerly known as "Troy Gennaro", better known as Tony Carroll, has been working with SwimSwam since April of 2013. Tony grew up in northern Indiana and started swimming in 2003 when his dad forced him to join the local swim team. Reluctantly, he joined on the condition that …

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