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Jed Kennedy takes over the Dothan Wolves football program

Brant Berry | PrepsNet

Dothan, AL – The Dothan City School Board officially approved Enterprise defensive coordinator Jed Kennedy as the Wolves next head coach Monday night. 

Kennedy takes over for former Dothan head coach Smitty Grider who lead the 7A program to a 14-16 record, including a playoff berth and region crown over three seasons.  Grider announced his retirement after guiding the Wolves to a 4-6 mark in 2021.  

Kennedy becomes the program’s second head coach since Northview and Dothan high schools consolidated prior to the 2019 season.

“We are excited to have coach Kennedy join our DCS family and lead all aspects of our football program from our feeder schools to the high school,” Dothan athletic director Jessica Noble said in a press release announcing the hire.

The Alma, Wisconsin native has spent the past three seasons leading the defense at 7A, Region 2 rival Enterprise.  During his time at Enterprise he helped lead the Wildcats to a 21-14 record and three consecutive postseason appearances. 

Kennedy began his coaching career at his alma mater, the University of Wisconsin-River Falls before moving to Lake Brantley (FL) where he served as linebackers coach for two seasons.  

Click here to check out the full 2022 Alabama high school football Coaching Carousel. 

Before joining former head coach Rick Darlington at Enterprise, he lead Brookfield Central (WI) for five seasons compiling a 49-12 record and a pair of Wisconsin state runner-up finishes.  Earlier in his career he lead Kenosha Bradford High School to a Wisconsin Division I state tile in route to being named the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association / Green Bay Packers Coach of the Year. 

He has also had head coaching stints at Decatur MacArthur (IL), Pulaski (WI) and Edgewood (FL) high schools. 

Kennedy’s head coaching record currently stands at 115-47 over 14 seasons. 

Dothan will join Auburn, Central-Phenix City, Enterprise, Jeff Davis, Opelika, Prattville, Robert E. Lee and Smith’s Station in a newly redrawn Class 7A, Region 2 in 2022.  Click here to take a look at the recently released AHSAA 7A-1A reclassification.