Bill Kenney brings nearly three decades of experience at the Big Ten level to the Western Michigan football program as the tight ends/offensive tackles coach for the Broncos.
Last season, Kenney saw improvement out of both the tight ends and the offensive tackles, with two-first team selections to the All-MAC team for left tackle Chukwuma Okorafor and right tackle Taylor Moton. Tight end Donnie Ernsberger earned third-team honors after improving his receiving game, totaling nine catches in 2016.
Moton got even more praise after the year, being named an all-american and drafted in the second round by the Carolina Panthers.
Kenney coached left tackle Willie Beavers to All-MAC First-Team honors in 2015. It makes him the first Bronco offensive lineman since 2012 to earn first-team honors.
Individually, Beavers was invited to the Reese’s Senior Bowl and NFL Combine after the season. NFL.com projected Beavers as the fifth best tackle in the draft. The Broncos had not had an offensive lineman drafted since 1995 prior to Beavers being selected in the fourth round in May by the Minnesota Vikings.
As a team Kenney coached the tackles and tight ends, led by Donnie Ernsberger, to propel a Bronco rushing attack that ran for 204.2 yards per game, 29th in the country and second in the MAC. The team also ran it in 28 times for TDs which ranked 30th nationally with an average of 2.2 times per game.
In his second season Kenney’s work with the offensive tackles and tight ends helped produce the MAC’s Offensive Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year in Jarvion Franklin. The potent running attack proved too much for several opponents as the Broncos had one of the top running attacks in the MAC.
Kenney brings 31 years of coaching experience to the Broncos with a bulk of that coming at Penn State University where he began as a graduate assistant (1988) and worked with the offensive line from 1989-2011. He took on the role of recruiting coordinator in 1992-95 and worked directly with offensive tackles and tight ends from 2000-11.
During his time with the Nittany Lions, Kenney coached six All-Americans and 18 All-Big Ten players. He coached 10 Academic All-Americans and 47 Academic All-Big Ten players.
Kenney developed 30 NFL players, 25 draft picks and five free agents, all whom received their degrees from PSU. He recruited 32 NFL draft picks, including five first round picks. His offensive line paved the way for Larry Johnson to rush for a program record 2,587 yards and helped produce eight 1,000-yard rushers since 2002.
His offensive line ranked fourth nationally in sacks allowed in 2008, allowing just 13 sacks. In 2005 the Penn State offensive line allowed fewer than 15 sacks and finished second in the Big Ten in rushing and scoring.
Prior to joining Penn State, Kenney served as a graduate assistant at Nebraska (1986-87) and worked at his alma mater, Norwich University, in the offensive backfield in 1982. Kenney was a three-year starter at Norwich as a tight end/fullback and was team co-captain in 1981.
Kenney (56/DOB: 10/3/60) and his wife, Kathryn, have three children, Joseph, Matthew and Jacqueline.