Golden Valley Baseball hires new head coach

Golden Valley High School announced Marc Kennedy as its new baseball coach on Monday.

According to a press release from the school, Kennedy will be promoted to head coach for the 2025 season after three seasons as an assistant.

The coach succeeds Adrian Rios, who helped stabilize the program during his three-year tenure with the Grizzlies. Rios resigned for personal reasons, but leaves his successor with the program in solid shape.

“Over the last 17 years, he has built an outstanding reputation as a top player developer in our valley, and while he loves that aspect of his job, his true passion is game management,” the press release said. “This is very evident when you look at the success he has had as a coach of teams of all ages.”

Kennedy has coached numerous travel teams, served as an assistant in Valencia, and coached four championship teams at the Latin American Baseball Classic in the Dominican Republic.

“I am very grateful for this opportunity,” Kennedy said in the press release. “For 35 years, I have made this game my life and along the way I have been fortunate to learn from some of the best minds in the industry. I look forward to passing that knowledge on to these players.”

Kennedy is one of three coaches taking over the programs for 2025: Tim Pennell will lead Valencia, while Brad Meza will take the reins at Hart.

Kennedy takes over a varsity team with 23 wins over the past two seasons. The Grizzlies have improved tremendously from a few down seasons in recent years, but still have more goals ahead. Next year, the Grizzlies are aiming for their first finish above .500 since 2011, the final season of Cleveland Guardians pitcher Scott Barlow.