RRHS Senior Kenneth (Kenny) Lilley recently accepted a football scholarship to Concordia University in Wisconsin. He will join the team as an outside linebacker.
Lilley received offers from several colleges including Wagner College (Staten Island), Washington and Jefferson College (Pennsylvania), Luther College (Iowa), Coe College (Iowa) and McPherson College (Kansas). He chose Concordia because the coach persisted in communicating with him, and in the end “really connected with him.”
“Coach Walker, at Concordia, really connected with me,” said Lilley. “He kept texting me, asking how everything was going. He told me what’s actually going to happen [at Concordia]; what my chances are; how it’s going to be on and off the field – academically; and even how it’s going to be with the weather.”
Lilley plans to pursue a degree in psychology with a minor in business. Upon graduation, he hopes to work in the field of psychology with the eventual goal of opening his own psychology clinic.
Lilley credits his parents’ and grandfather’s continuous support for his success. “I’ve been playing since I was seven [years old]. They never missed one of my games.” He also thanked RRHS Football Coach Zach Davila for his guidance and support.
“Kenny’s a great student; he does well academically,” said RRHS Athletic Director Jonathan Chavez. “He does a really good job with committing to something and sticking with it all the way through to the end. He loves sports, and he loves his teammates. This is something that will translate well in college.”