Maria Kennedy, EPISD’s athletic director, will be honored by the Texas Girls Coaches Association next month for the work she had done on behalf of women in sports throughout the state.
Kennedy will receive the Margaret McKown Distinguished Service Award from the association during their annual banquet on July 11 at the Arlington Convention Center.
The award honors individuals who have made outstanding contributions to girls’ athletics in Texas.
A longtime coach and administrator, Kennedy has been EPISD’s athletic director since 2016. Before that, she served as interim athletic director and assistant athletic director for the District. She is EPISD’s second female athletic director.
Kennedy began her education career in Victoria, Texas, where she served as a physical-education teacher. She moved to El Paso in 1986 to teach and coach at Coldwell Elementary School and Irvin High School.
Kennedy also served as the head girls basketball coach at Franklin High School for 11 years.
Since her appointment as athletic director, Kennedy has overseen the historic investment in athletic facilities that are part of the Bond 2016 school modernization program.