Frank Kenly
File:Frank Kenly.jpg
Kenly at Maryland in 1896
Biographical details
BornApril 18, 1877
Harford County, Maryland
DiedFebruary 21, 1944(1944-02-21) (aged 66)[1]
Baltimore, Maryland
Playing career
Head coaching record

James Frank Kenly, Jr. (April 18, 1877 – February 21, 1944) was an American engineer and college football coach. He coached the Maryland Agricultural College (now the University of Maryland) in 1898, where he amassed a 2–5–1 record.


Kenly was born in Harford County near Level, Maryland on April 18, 1877.[2][3] He enrolled at the Maryland Agricultural College in 1895,[2] and played on the football team from 1896 to 1898 as a quarterback.[4] In 1898, he served as the team's head coach and captain,[5] and Maryland amassed a 2–5–1 record.[6] After the season, the Reveille yearbook wrote, "Manager McCandlish and Captain Kenly worked faithfully with the material they had, but the team was deficient in weight as compared with the others of the league."[7] He graduated from the Maryland Agricultural College in 1899 with a degree in mechanical engineering.[2][8] Kenly worked for the Port Chester Bolt and Nut Company, Baldwin Locomotive Works, York Safe and Lock Company, H. S. Kerbaugh, Inc., American Bridge Company, Pennsylvania Steel Company, and the Carnegie Steel Company.[2]

He was married to Mavourneen (née Williams) Kenly.

Head coaching recordEdit

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Maryland Aggies (Independent) (1898)
1898 Maryland 2–5–1
Maryland: 2–5–1
Total: 2–5–1
Indicates BCS bowl, Bowl Alliance or Bowl Coalition game.


  1. "J. Frank Kenly Jr.", Frederick News-Post, Wednesday, February 23, 1944, Frederick, Maryland, United States Of America
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Alumni Record of the Maryland Agricultural College: 1914, Maryland Agricultural College, p. 69, 1914.
  3. Harford County, The Baltimore American, April 5, 1896.
  4. All-Time Lettermen (PDF), 2007 Terrapin Football Record Book, p. 19, University of Maryland, 2007.
  5. Reveille, p. 29, Maryland Agricultural College, 1899.
  6. Year-By-Year Results (PDF), 2007 Terrapin Football Record Book, p. 6, University of Maryland, 2007.
  7. Reveille, p. 70, Maryland Agricultural College, 1899.
  8. Reveille, p. 24, Maryland Agricultural College, 1899.
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