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Presidential connections now abundant at Oregon State

Aug 5, 2013, 7:55 PM EDT

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Being that Craig Robinson’s brother-in-law is President Barack Obama, it’s a safe assessment to call the Oregon State head man the “First Coach.”

Well, now Robinson has someone on staff that he can talk “White House” with.

Oregon State announced the addition of Joe Kennedy on Monday. Along with spending time on staff at Northwestern, he also spent time as a Special Assistant for the Office of Public Engagement at the White House from January 2009 to October 2010.

Kennedy has been hired as the Beavers’ Director of Player Personnel, coming to the program after spending three seasons as the Director of Basketball Operations at Northwestern, where he also played from 2003-07.

In his time in Washington D.C., Kennedy, who is the son of long-time college coach Pat, acted as a liaison for the Obama Administration to various sports organizations, from youth to professional. He also worked on Obama’s campaign staff from April 2007 until January 2009, when Obama took office.

“I am extremely excited and honored to work for one of the most respected coaches in all of basketball and join the OSU family,” Kennedy said in a release. “Our outstanding university and strong athletic department have a special opportunity to build a premier program in college basketball, and I am enthusiastic to contribute in any way possible.”

So it’s safe to now call Oregon State the “First Program,” right?

  1. sportsfan18 - Aug 7, 2013 at 2:17 AM

    Oregon State, the “First Program” under Robinson?

    Well maybe as he’s doing about the same at his job as his brother-in-law is at his.

    Robinson’s record at Oregon State is 77 wins and 88 losses overall. His conference record while at Oregon State is 31 wins and 59 losses. I’m sure he’ll get to twice as many conference losses than wins by the end of this season.

    Oh, his overall coaching record is 107 wins against 116 losses.

  2. dexterismyhero - Aug 8, 2013 at 2:32 PM

    Michelle with no hair. Yikes!!!

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