Southeastern, NC

Dan Kenney is a higher education professional who knows his purpose in life is coaching. He has been a basketball coach, director of athletics, and chief of staff. In each of those positions he has led teams. He has been at four NCAA Division I and II universities. They include East Carolina University, Western Carolina University, Winthrop University, and UNC Pembroke.

He spent most of his career at UNC Pembroke before retiring in 2018. His last six years he served as the university's Chief of Staff were he was heavily involved in coaching the senior executive team and involved in a number of strategic initiatives including NC Promise.

In each role he realized the importance of leadership fundamentals on teamwork. He determined that the one common trait of championship teams was they achieved results. He has been a student of the techniques, habits, and behaviors that leaders of championship teams possessed. He truly wants everyone to experience the joys of being part of a championship team.

Everyday he writes a daily blog post on leadership, teamwork, or living a happy and productive life. In addition to his blog he has delivered keynote addresses, made leadership presentations, and conducted seminars for various businesses, non-profits, athletic departments, churches, and civic organizations.

Dan resides in Lumberton NC with his wife of 39 years Mira. They have five adult children and a granddaughter. In addition to his passion about coaching Dan is a golfer, deacon at his church, a craft beer aficionado, and a collector of great friends.

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