Frank Kenly
Frank Kenly.jpg
Kenly at Maryland in 1896
Biographical details
Born(1877-04-18)April 18, 1877
Level, Maryland
DiedFebruary 21, 1944(1944-02-21) (aged 66)
Baltimore, Maryland
Playing career
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Head coaching record

James Frank Kenly Jr. (April 18, 1877 – February 21, 1944) was an American engineer and college football player and coach. He served as the head football at Maryland Agricultural College—now known as the University of Maryland, College Park for one season, in 1898, compiling a record of 2–5–1.


Kenly was born in Harford County near Level, Maryland on April 18, 1877.[1][2] He enrolled at the Maryland Agricultural College in 1895,[1] and played on the football team from 1896 to 1898 as a quarterback.[3] In 1898, he served as the team's head coach and captain,[4] and Maryland amassed a 2–5–1 record.[5] 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."[6] He graduated from the Maryland Agricultural College in 1899 with a degree in mechanical engineering.[1][7] 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.[1]

Kenly was married to Mavourneen (née Williams) Kenly. He later worked at the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond Baltimore Branch. He died of a heart attack on February 21, 1944, at his home in Baltimore, Maryland.[8]

Head coaching record

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Maryland Aggies (Independent) (1898)
1898 Maryland 2–5–1
Maryland: 2–5–1
Total: 2–5–1


  1. ^ a b c d Alumni Record of the Maryland Agricultural College: 1914, Maryland Agricultural College, p. 69, 1914.
  2. ^ Harford County, The Baltimore American, April 5, 1896.
  3. ^ All-Time Lettermen (PDF), 2007 Terrapin Football Record Book, p. 19, University of Maryland, 2007.
  4. ^ Reveille, p. 29, Maryland Agricultural College, 1899.
  5. ^ Year-By-Year Results (PDF), 2007 Terrapin Football Record Book, p. 6, University of Maryland, 2007.
  6. ^ Reveille, p. 70, Maryland Agricultural College, 1899.
  7. ^ Reveille, p. 24, Maryland Agricultural College, 1899.
  8. ^ "J. Frank Kenly, Jr". The News. Frederick, Maryland. February 22, 1944. p. 5. Retrieved June 21, 2021 – via open access.