BOZEMAN — Montana State University and Bobcat Athletics announced on Saturday a $1 million anonymous gift in support of the school's track and field program in honor of retired head coach Dale Kennedy.
The donation was announced at a celebration honoring the career of Kennedy on the MSU campus. In honor of the gift, the Montana State head track and field coaching position will formally be named the Dale Kennedy Director of Track and Field/Cross Country. According to a press release from MSU, it will be the first endowed coaching position in a Big Sky Conference athletic department.
The anonymous gift will provide endowment resources to the track and field and cross-country programs to help student-athletes.
"We are grateful for this transformational gift to the track and field and cross country programs," said MSU AD Leon Costello in a press release from the school. "This endowment will provide funding to meet the strategic initiatives of the program and enhance the experience for its student-athletes. It is fitting it will bear the name of Dale Kennedy."
Kennedy, who was part of the Montana State track and field and cross country programs for almost four decades, retired last year.