Marlo Finner's name popped up as a candidate as soon as Kenwood fired coach Jim Maley in March. Finner was considered the instant favorite for the Broncos job.
Several high-profile names interviewed at Kenwood, but Finner prevailed in the end. He'll take over a promising program full of young talent that finished 15-13, 5-5 in the Red-Central.
"It's a great opportunity with all the young talent they already have," said Finner. "My roots are in the Public League, so I'm excited to be back."
Finner, an All-State forward at Phillips in 1990, had a terrific first year as a head coach this past season at U-High, finishing 20-7 overall and 12-0 in the Independent School League.
"I'm known around the city as a guy that works out with players, but I really was able to improve my game strategies coaching at U-High," said Finner. "We played some top teams and I think that helped me prepare for this opportunity."
The 42-year-old Finner played his college ball at Missouri. Prior to a four-year stint as an assistant at Simeon, he led Morgan Park's sophomore team to the Public League semifinals in 2008.
Kenwood returns several core players from last year's team including Nick Robinson, one of the top players in the state's class of 2016.