Camryn Kennedy is the type of student-athlete you watch and wonder, “How does she do it?”
As a student at Rowland Hall’s Upper School, Camryn has juggled more than just classes and homework—she’s also successfully juggled the responsibilities of a varsity starter on the school’s girls soccer team and as a club soccer player. Over the past four years, Camryn has racked up an impressive list of achievements: she assisted the Winged Lions in winning four Region Championships and three State Championships, she was named Rowland Hall girls soccer MVP in 2021, and she was the 2020 leading scorer in league play with USA Metro, a club soccer team with which she’s played, and placed, in tournaments like the Far West Regional Championship, the Desert Conference League, the Pleasanton Rage Tournament, the Utah State Cup, and the Surf Cup. And through it all, Camryn has stood out—both for her play and for her leadership.
“Camryn has been very special for our team,” said Colette Smith, Rowland Hall’s girls soccer head coach. “She has taken on so many roles throughout the years, performing at different positions and being a calming presence on the field. She has an understanding of reading those around her.”
Camryn’s achievements also didn’t go unnoticed by university coaches. In late 2019, Kai Edwards, head coach of the women’s soccer team at Southern Utah University (SUU), reached out to Camryn about potentially joining the Division 1 school—an opportunity that would allow her to play at the highest level sanctioned by the NCAA. Camryn was able to build a relationship with the program, and by her junior year she knew she wanted to join SUU. On November 10, she made it official by signing her National Letter of Intent to play soccer for the Thunderbirds.
“We are so proud of Camryn’s commitment to SUU,” said Colette. “We are excited to see what she accomplishes at the next level.”
To celebrate her decision to play at SUU, we asked Camryn to answer a few questions about her love of soccer and what she’s looking forward to as a D1 college athlete. The following interview has been lightly edited for length and clarity.
You’ve known since your junior year that you were going to attend and play soccer for SUU. Can you tell us a bit about how that happened and why the school felt like a good fit?
Before I even started looking at colleges, the SUU coach reached out to me. After building a bond with the coaches, I went to visit. Soon after, I went back for my official visit and started to like it more and more. It was a welcoming community and a fun environment.
How did it feel to officially say yes to playing soccer at SUU next year?
I was so excited to officially be a T-Bird. After all the hard work I put in, it was relieving to finally see all my dreams come to a reality.
Looking back on your time on Rowland Hall's girls soccer team, what moment as a Winged Lion are you most proud of?
I have played Rowland Hall soccer all four years—my team is truly like family to me. The connection all of us have on and off the field is astonishing. There is never a dull moment with the soccer team.
Tell us about the skills you built at Rowland Hall that you'll be taking with you to SUU.
School-wise, focusing and being organized is most definitely helpful. Communicating with teachers is a skill I'll be taking to SUU especially, because SUU has smaller classes, which makes it easier to talk to the teachers on a personal level, just like Rowland Hall.
Is there anything else you want our community to know about your soccer journey?
I've played comp for as long as I can remember and always in the same club. My dad [longtime Rowland Hall coach Bobby Kennedy] was my first comp coach, starting when I was eight years old until I was 15, and then he was my high school coach my freshman and sophomore years. My dad has taught me everything I know and continues to coach me every moment he can. From building a soccer field in the back of our yard to building a soccer tennis court at my house, my dad has truly been my encouragement.