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Dean Kenefick is in his 10th year as Associate Athletic Director for Communications in 2016-17. Before being promoted to an Associate Athletic Director, Kenefick was the Assistant Athletic Director of Communications from 2002-07.
In his role, Kenefick oversees all aspects of Villanova’s Media Relations Department. He is also beginning his 21st season as the contact for both the football and women’s basketball programs. In 2016, he will begin his 12th year as the sport administrator for the women’s lacrosse program and the seventh ass the day-to-day administrator for football. Kenefick served three years as a member of the BIG EAST Women’s Lacrosse Championship Committee and is currently a member of the BIG EAST Golf Championship Committee.
During his time as Football Media Relations Director, Kenefick has successfully organized three national Player of the Year campaigns. Kenefick helped wide receiver Brian Finneran earn the Walter Payton Award in 1997, running back Brian Westbrook in 2001 and quarterback John Robertson in 2014.
Kenefick has had his work recognized on a national level on a number of occasions. His football meda guide was twice voted the top publication in the nation at the FCS level and his football game day program finished in the top three on two occasions.
A 1994 graduate of Villanova with a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education and a minor in Geography, Kenefick earned a Master’s Degree in Education from Villanova in July 1999. He was named Director of Media Relations in the fall of 1998 after serving as the Assistant Director from 1995-98.
Kenefick and his wife, Stacey, reside in Drexel Hill, Pa. with their eight-year old daughter Hailey and five-year old daughter Hannah.