Ian Hennessy is in his fourth year as a member of Ed Kelly's staff. Hennessy joined the Eagles in 2001 after serving one year as an assistant at BIG EAST rival Rutgers.
Hennessy enjoyed an outstanding playing career, both at the collegiate and professional levels. A former Republic of Ireland Youth International, Hennessy was recruited by then Seton Hall head coach Ed Kelly. In his four years there, Seton Hall captured three BIG EAST titles. He earned the BIG EAST Tournament's Most Outstanding Player honor in both 1986 and 1987. He also gained National Soccer Coaches Association All-America accolades in 1987.
A 1990 graduate of Seton Hall, Hennessy completed his collegiate career as one of the school's all-time great players. He still ranks among the Pirates' career leaders in points (second with 134), goals (second with 52) and assists (fourth with 30).
Hennessy also played several years of professional soccer, including one year -- 1996-97 -- with the NewYork/New Jersey MetroStars of Major League Soccer. In addition to his MLS stint, he also played with the Boston Bolts of the APSL (1990-91), and the New York Fever (1993-94) and New Jersey Stallions (1995-96) of the USISL. Hennessy spent the 1997-98 season with the Connecticut Wolves of the A-League.
In addition to his one year at Rutgers, Hennessy also owns extensive coaching experience at the club level. He coached the New Jersey Imperials in the Premier Development League and was an assistant for the New Jersey Stallions in the United Soccer League. He also coached at the Player Development Academy (PDA) in New Jersey before moving to Boston. Hennessy currently works as a Region I ODP Evaluator.
Hennessy, who holds a USSF "A" coaching license, earned a doctorate in molecular biology from Columbia University.
Ian and his wife, Danielle, have a daughter, Mackenzie.