John Kennaday
John  Kennaday

Head Coach

Alma Mater:
San Jose State

Seasons at SJSU:
12 seasons


Men’s Golf Tops Nevada, 5-1, In Match Play Competition

The Spartans clinched two of three matches on the final hole.


San José State Men's Golf Finishes Tied For 12th At Amer Ari Invitational

Matthew Murray was the low man for the Spartans in the final round.


Men's Golf Tied For 11th At Amer Ari Invitational

Sean Talmadge's one-under par 71 was a team best in the second round.


Spartans Tied For Sixth After Best 1st Round Of Season In Loaded Amer Ari Invitational

San Jose State is tied with one top-20 team and ahead of two others in the 18-team field.


Men's Golf Opens Season At Itani Quality Homes Collegiate

A veteran group of players are in Spokane for the 14-team tournament.


2016 Mountain West Men's Golf Championship

2016 Mountain West Men's Golf Championship (Round 2)

John Kennaday was appointed the San Jose State University men's golf coach in April 2005. His hire marked a return to his alma mater, where as a senior he was a 1987 All-American.

Kennaday is responsible for helping re-establish San Jose State's golf legacy. In the 2011-12 season, Kennaday became the first Spartans coach since 1982 to have a team win four times in the same season and the first since 1979 to win three consecutive tournaments.

A record setting day at the 2011 Dash Thomas Memorial (9/26-27) was just one of many highlights during the Spartans' fall run. Kennaday's team shattered the school record for a 36-hole score with a 542. Their 265 (-19) in the second round broke a 13-year school record for lowest 18-hole team score. The Spartans ended the season just as strong as they started, winning their first ever Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Championship and earning a second consecutive bid to NCAA Regionals. Senior Jay Myers also took medalist honors at the WAC Championship, making it two in a row for the Spartans after Mark Hubbard won it in 2011.

In the 2010-11 season, the Spartans received their first NCAA Regional Championship invitation in 14 years, posted a program-best second-place finish at the WAC Championship and placed in the top-half of the field in 10 of 12 tournaments.

Individually in 2010-11, Hubbard and Myers were first and second-team All-WAC players, respectively. It was the second time in three seasons the duo achieved the honor. During Kennaday's tenure, his players earned all-conference honors six times and academic All-WAC recognition 10 times. Hubbard is also the most recent of eight Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) Scholar All-Americans which Kennaday has coached in his career.

Kennaday returned to San Jose State after spending seven seasons as the head coach for the Santa Clara University men's golf team. The once-dormant program became competitive in the West Coast Conference and regionally under Kennaday. In 2001, he was named the conference Coach of the Year.

Kennaday currently manages and directs The Western Intercollegiate, the longest running men's college golf tournament west of the Mississippi River. "The Western" is in its 70th year at the famed Pasatiempo Golf Course in Santa Cruz, Calif. He also oversees the Spartans' Friendraiser event that attracts Spartan alums and PGA Tour winners such as Ken Venturi, Roger Maltbie, Mark Wiebe and Arron Oberholser for a day of instruction and goodwill.

Besides his San Jose State duties, Kennaday is the personal coach for Oberholser, a two-time Spartan All-American, winner of the 2006 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am and a former top-50 ranked player in the world. In 2011, Kennaday was named one of two current coaches serving on the NCAA Division I Men's Golf Committee.

As a player, Kennaday was a two-time Coast Conference Most Valuable Player at Monterey Peninsula College before transferring to San Jose State. He was a 1986 and 1987 first-team All-Pacific Coast Athletic Association pick, and helped the Spartans to a 12th-place tie at the 1987 NCAA Championships.

He went on to play professionally on the Canadian PGA, Nike and Golden State Tours for seven and a half years.

John and his wife, Christina, have two sons, Jack and Benjamin. The Kennaday family resides in San Jose.