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Rapp out as Kennedy soccer coach; O’Connell and Madison take charge

There will be a new look in leadership on the sidelines for the John F. Kennedy High School soccer program when school resumes in August.

After 30 years of running the show as the boys and girls soccer coach at the school, Tom Rapp was let go.

In Rapp’s place will be two new faces.

Bob O’ Connell takes over the boys program and Rob Madison will lead the girls program.

Madison, 26, and a 2006 Kennedy graduate, will also help out as an assistant coach for the boys team.

He is also a 201o graduate of Truman State University and played soccer there as well.

Madison has a coach in the program the past two seasons and was a varsity assistant for the boys and girls programs this past school year.

O’Connell, 34, graduated from De Smet  Jesuit in 1998 and played four years of soccer at St. Louis University.

He has been a teacher and assistant soccer coach at SLUH the past 11 years.

O’Connell and Madison inherit a program from Rapp that had been under his guidance since 1984.

The boys program under Rapp went 324-353-55 with one state championship and three final fours. Kennedy captured the 1986 Class 1A-3A championship and finished third in 2009 and fourth in 2010.

On the girls side, Rapp led Kennedy to a 349-269-43 mark during his tenure. Rapp led the Celts to state semifinals appearances in 1986 and 1994. In 1986, the Celts lost the championship match to Notre Dame 3-2 in three overtimes. Kennedy was fourth in the 1994 state tournament.

Rapp retired as a teacher from Kennedy back in 2009.


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