Terry Kenney – 1953

Terry KenneyTerry was a 4 year competitor in both football and track during his years at Stivers. He had the privilege of playing football with his older brother, Jack, in both his sophomore and junior years. The brothers were starting ends on the 1951 team.  Jack earned 2nd team all-city while Terry was recognized as Honorable Mention.  He was a two way starter as a senior and led a strong Stivers defense that was second in the city league in fewest points scored. That team permitted only 66 points during the season for an 8.3 point per game average. Terry was recognized on the first team All-City for his strong play at defensive end.

Terry competed all 4 years in track, running as a sprinter on the relay team and as a pole vaulter. Track coach, Travis Sutton, stated, “Terry could do almost anything a coach asked him to do.” That Stivers relay Team finished 2nd in Dayton City Championship Meet in 1953.

Terry played freshman football at Ohio University following graduation at Stivers. He then served 2 years in the U.S. Army as a paratrooper in the 101st Airborne Division. He was also selected to serve in the Honor Guard while on active duty. Terry returned to Dayton and played semi-pro football with the Dayton Triangles. He became involved in youth football and baseball at First Kettering Athletic League while his sons were participating in sports. He also coached Fairmont West and college level summer league baseball teams.

Terry was employed at NCR Corporation in the Logistics Division for 35 years until his death in 1993. Terry and his wife, Mary, had 3 children: Dana, Mike and Doug and 4 grandchildren:-Megan, Kasey, Sean and Kyle. Terrys’ sister, Ann Hogberg, also survives him. His son, Doug, continues his Dad’s interest in coaching his children’s teams and still coaches in the Centerville Youth Basketball and Baseball programs and also coaches the girls’ Dayton Hoops Star.


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