Kennedy Polamalu
    Kennedy  Polamalu

    Offensive Coordinator/Running Backs Coach

    Alma Mater:
    USC, 1987


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    Kennedy Polamalu, a former USC player and assistant coach, is in his third year back at USC as the offensive coordinator and running backs coach. He returned to USC in July of 2010 after spending 6 years as an NFL assistant.

    In 2011, tailback Curtis McNeal rushed for 1,005 yards and his 6.9 average per carry was the best by a Trojan since Reggie Bush in 2005. USC's offense also produced a 3,500-yard passer and a pair of 1,000-yard receivers. The Trojans were sixth nationally in passing efficiency and in the nation's Top 25 in passing, scoring and total offense. USC's yards-per-play average (6.5) was the third highest in school history, while its averages for total offense (456.8) and passing offense (294.2) were the fourth highest and its scoring offense average (35.8) was the fifth highest.

    Tailback Allen Bradford was a sixth round pick in the 2011 NFL draft and fullback Stanley Havili was a seventh rounder. The Trojan rushing offense ranked 25th nationally. USC averaged 6.0 yards per play in 2010, its sixth highest ever, and the Trojans twice had 600-yard offensive outputs.

    Polamalu, 48, who joined the Tennessee Titans as the running backs coach following the 2009 season, spent the previous 5 season (2005-09) as the running backs coach for the Jacksonville Jaguars. While there, both Fred Taylor (2007) and Maurice Jones-Drew (2009) earned Pro Bowl honors and the Jaguars offense totaled the third most rushing yards in the NFL over that time, including 4 Top 10 rushing finishes. In 2009, Jones-Drew finished fourth in the NFL in rushing (1,391 yards), fourth in scrimmage yards (1,765) and second in total touchdowns scored (16). In 2008, Greg Jones became the highest paid fullback in NFL history. The Jaguars finished second in the AFC South Division and were in the AFC playoffs in 2005 and 2007, advancing to the AFC divisional playoffs in 2007.

    He was the running backs coach for the Cleveland Browns in 2004.

    Polamalu spent 4 years (2000-03) as an assistant at USC. He was the running backs coach in 2000, spent 2001 as the special teams coordinator, then returned to his running back coaching duties in 2002 and 2003 while also continuing as special teams coordinator.

    In 2003, USC's 4 young tailbacks who saw action combined for 1,887 rushing yards (157.3 per game) and 20 rushing TDs (plus 4 receiving TDs and 1 kickoff return TD). Tailback LenDale White's 13 rushing touchdowns were a USC freshman season record. Tom Malone was named USC's first-ever All-American first team punter (he also made All-Pac-10 first team).

    In 2002, USC 4 tailbacks combined for 1,897 rushing yards (2 were NFL draft picks: Justin Fargas in the third round and Malaefou MacKenzie in the seventh).

    In 2001, cornerback Kevin Arbet won All-Pac-10 first team honors as a special teams player and placekicker David Davis led the Pac-10 in field goals (tied for 17th in the nation).

    In 2000, tailback Sultan McCullough ran for 1,163 yards.

    USC played in the 2001 Las Vegas Bowl, 2003 Orange Bowl and 2004 Rose Bowl. USC won the national championship in 2003.

    Polamalu spent 1999 as the linebackers coach at San Diego State, working under former USC head coach Ted Tollner.

    He coached the running backs at Colorado in 1997 and 1998. The 1998 Buffaloes won the Aloha Bowl.

    Before that, he spent 3 years (1994 to 1996) as San Diego State's running backs coach, guiding a pair of 1,000-yard rushers (Wayne Pittman in 1994 and George Jones in 1995). Jones, who was 32 yards shy of 1,000 yards in 1996, won All-WAC first team honors in 1995 and played in the NFL with Pittsburgh and Jacksonville. Pola also worked with the Aztecs special teams in 1996 (punter Noel Prefontaine was an All-American first teamer, placekicker Peter Holt was runnerup for the Lou Groza Award given to the nation's top kicker and return specialist Leandrew Childs was an All-WAC first team pick).

    Polamalu was a graduate assistant coach at UCLA in 1992 and 1993, working with the secondary and special teams. The 1993 Bruins played in the Rose Bowl.

    He began his coaching career as a volunteer assistant at Crespi High in Encino, Calif., for 3 seasons (1986-88) and then Westlake High in Westlake Village (Calif.) for 3 years (1989-91). Crespi won the 1986 CIF Division I championship and he coached prep All-American running back Russell White, who starred at California.

    Polamalu was a 4-year letterman (1982-85) at USC, playing both fullback and linebacker. He began his Trojan career as a backup linebacker, but was moved to fullback by midseason of his freshman year. He ended up starting there the last 2 games of 1982 against UCLA and Notre Dame, as well as most of the next 3 seasons. In his career, he ran for 681 yards (he also caught 23 passes and in 1983 threw a 65-yard scoring pass against Stanford). He helped USC to a victory over Ohio State in the 1985 Rose Bowl (he also played in the 1985 Aloha Bowl).

    He earned his bachelor's degree in history from USC in 1987.

    He attended Mater Dei High in Santa Ana, Calif., where he was a prep All-American in football (he also was on the basketball and track teams). He also served as the student body president.

    His nephew, Troy Polamalu, was a 2-time (2001-02) All-American first team safety on the USC football team who now stars in the NFL with the Pittsburgh Steelers (he was Pittsburgh's first round pick). Kennedy's brother, Ao Polamalu, played football at Penn State (1985-87). Nephew Nicky Sualua played running back in the NFL with Dallas and Cincinnati after attending Ohio State, while 4 other nephews played college football: Leie Sualua was a defensive lineman at Oregon, Joe Polamalu was at Oregon State in 1987 and 1988, Kaio Aumua played at UTEP and Maika Polamalu is a sophomore fullback at Navy.

    Polamalu was born in Pago Pago, American Samoa, on Nov. 22, 1963, the same day President John F. Kennedy was assassinated (Polamalu was named in his honor). He returned to his homeland in the summer of 2011 and conducted a football clinic. It was then that he changed his named back to Polamalu (from Pola, which he has used since coming to California) to "honor my parents, family and heritage."

    He and his wife, Diane, have 3 sons: K.C. (Kennedy Christopher), 20, who was a walk-on fullback at USC in 2010, Matthew Aoatoa, 19, and Raymond Trey, 14.


    BIRTHDAY: Nov. 22, 1963
    FAMILY: Wife, Diane; Sons, K.C. (Kennedy Christopher), 20, Matthew Aoatoa, 19, and Raymond Trey, 14
    HIGH SCHOOL: Mater Dei HS, Santa Ana, Ca.
    EDUCATION: Bachelor's degree, history, USC, 1987
    PLAYING EXPERIENCE: Mater Dei HS, Santa Ana, Ca.
    USC, fullback/linebacker, 1982-85

    2011USCOffensive Coord./Running Backs--
    2010USCOffensive Coord./Running Backs--
    2009Jacksonville JaguarsRunning Backs--
    2008Jacksonville JaguarsRunning Backs--
    2007Jacksonville JaguarsRunning BacksAFC Playoffs
    2006Jacksonville JaguarsRunning Backs--
    2005Jacksonville JaguarsRunning BacksAFC Playoffs
    2004Jacksonville JaguarsRunning Backs--
    2003USCRunning Backs/Special Teams Coord.Rose
    2002USC Running Backs/Special TeamsOrange
    2001USC Special TeamsLas Vegas
    2000USC Running Backs--
    1999San Diego State Linebackers--
    1998ColoradoRunning BacksAloha
    1997ColoradoRunning Backs--
    1996San Diego State Running Backs/Special Teams--
    1995San Diego State Running Backs--
    1994San Diego State Running Backs--
    1993UCLA Graduate Assistant Rose
    1992UCLA Graduate Assistant --
    1991Westlake HSAssistant Coach --
    1990Westlake HSAssistant Coach --
    1989Westlake HSAssistant Coach --
    1988Crespi HSAssistant Coach --
    1987Crespi HSAssistant Coach --
    1986Crespi HSAssistant Coach --

    NFL STARS: Reggie Bush, LenDale White, Justin Fargas, Maurice Jones-Drew, Fred Taylor, Greg Jones