In five years as the head coach at Hood College, Kenny Putnam's sides have produced the winningest five-year stretch in the history of Blazer men's soccer.
Putnam has won at least eight matches in each of his five seasons. Prior to Putnam's tenure as head coach, the program had posted just two eight-win seasons.
He was inducted into the Frederick County Soccer Hall of Fame in 2019.
In 2018, Hood returned to the postseason for the first time since 2016, qualifying for the ECAC Tournament, and got their first win over a nationally-ranked opponent, beating No. 24 Lycoming. The Blazers placed two players on the All-MAC Commonwealth team in each 2017 and 2018.
In 2016, Hood tied the school record with a .667 winning percentage, finishing at 11-5-2 overall. More importantly, the Blazers broke a barrier by qualifying for the MAC Commonwealth Tournament for the first time and hosted a first-round contest. A school-record five players were named All-MAC Commonwealth, including conference rookie of the year Clay Smith.
The 2015 squad rewrote Hood's record book. The team set records for total victories (12), goals in a season (53) and match (15); assists in a season (35) and match (11); and points in a season (141) and match (41). The Blazers' seven shutouts were also a new Hood standard. Putnam coached the Middle Atlantic Conference Commonwealth and ECAC Division III South Offensive Player of the Year; two All-MAC selections and an NSCAA All-Mid-Atlantic Region Third Team member. Two players were named Academic All-MAC and one Scholar All-East Region by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.
In 2014, the Blazers tied the school record with eight victories and were just one shutout short of the school record. Two players were named to the All-Commonwealth Conference team, and the Blazers had a player named ECAC South All-Star and Academic All-MAC.
Putnam is just the second head coach in the history of the program, taking over for Brian Wall, who guided the Blazers during their first 11 seasons.
Putnam assisted on the 2013 Hood team that produced a pair of All-Commonwealth Conference selections and was alive in the conference playoff hunt on the last day of the season.
Prior to joining the Blazers’ coaching staff, the Jefferson, Maryland native served as the varsity head coach at nearby Brunswick High School. During his final season with the Railroaders, he guided them to the 1A/2A Maryland State Championship. The state title earned him his third straight Frederick County Coach of the Year accolade. In 2011, he earned coach of the year honors from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, and was the Maryland Association of Coaches of Soccer Coach of the Year in 2010. His Brunswick squads won back-to-back Antietam Conference titles in 2011 and 2012, and also were the conference champions in 2006. The 2009 and 2010 squads each won the 1A North Region championship, with the 2010 squad advancing to the state championship match.
Putnam coached the U13-U17 team of the FC Frederick Soccer Club from 1999-2014 with great success. The 2012 team was a State Cup finalist and his 2013 and 2014 clubs advanced to the semifinals.
He was an assistant coach at Frederick High School from 2000-04 and at Tuscarora High School in 2004-05 before taking over at Brunswick.
Putnam has a United States Soccer National ‘C’ License and a MSYSA ‘D’ License.
As a player, he was a three-time all-county and all-state selection at Brunswick and his scoring record with the Railroaders stood for 17 years. Putnam went on to play at Frederick Community College and was named first team all-conference and all-region in both of his seasons. In 1995, he earned All-America Third Team honors and set the school records for points and goals in a career, season, and game.
Putnam resides in Jefferson with his wife, Brandy, and their children, Anna and Graham.
Accomplishments and Honors
- 1 MAC Commonwealth Player of the Year
- 1 MAC Commonwealth Rookie of the Year
- 1 NSCAA All-Region Selection
- 1 NSCAA Scholar All-American
- 1 ECAC South Offensive Player of the Year
- 1 NSCAA Scholar All-East selection
- 1 United Soccer Coaches Team Academic Award
- 2 ECAC Postseason Berths
- 2 CoSIDA Academic All-Americans
- 2 CoSIDA Academic All-District selections
- 2 ECAC South All-Stars
- 4 Academic All-MAC selections
- 7 Shutouts in 2015, a school record
- 12 Wins in 2015, a school record
- 13 All-conference selections
- 23.28 Shots per game in 2016, the most in NCAA Division III
- 49 MAC Academic Honor Roll recipients
- 53 goals in 2015, a school record