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Ken O'Keefe (born August 18, 1953) is an American football coach and former player. He is the quarterbacks coach for the Iowa Hawkeyes football team, a position he assumed in January 2017. O'Keefe served as the offensive coordinator for the Iowa Hawkeyes football team from 1999 to 2011. He was the head football coach at the Allegheny College from 1990 to 1997 and at Fordham University in 1998, compiling a career college football record of 83–17–1. In O'Keefe's first season at Allegheny, in 1990, his team went 13–0–1 and won the NCAA Division III Football Championship.

Ken O'Keefe
Current position
TitleQuarterbacks coach
ConferenceBig Ten
Biographical details
Born (1953-08-18) August 18, 1953 (age 65)
Milford, Connecticut
Playing career
1972–1974John Carroll
Position(s)Wide receiver
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1976–1977New Haven (assistant)
1978–1984Worcester Academy
1985Fort Worth Country Day (TX)
1986–1989Allegheny (OC)
1999–2011Iowa (OC/QB)
2012–2015Miami Dolphins (WR)
2016Miami Dolphins (senior analyst)
2017–presentIowa (QB)
Head coaching record
Overall83–17–1 (college)
Tournaments5–5 (NCAA D-III playoffs)
Accomplishments and honors
1 NCAA Division III (1990)
6 NCAC (1990–1991, 1993–1994, 1996–1997)
AFCA Division III Coach of the Year (1990)
4x NCAC Coach of the Year


Coaching careerEdit

While coaching at Allegheny College, O'Keefe created an exchange program between Russian and American middle school football players. In recognition he received the Dodge Award for language advocacy from the Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages in 1998.[1]

On February 3, 2012, O'Keefe resigned from the Iowa program to take a job with the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League (NFL). Former Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin spent several years on Iowa's staff, coaching the offensive line from 1999 to 2002.

Head coaching recordEdit

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Allegheny Gators (North Coast Athletic Conference) (1990–1997)
1990 Allegheny 13–0–1 7–0 1st W NCAA Division III Championship
1991 Allegheny 11–1 7–0 1st L NCAA Division III Quarterfinal
1992 Allegheny 8–2 7–1 2nd
1993 Allegheny 9–2 8–0 1st L NCAA Division III First Round
1994 Allegheny 10–1 8–0 1st L NCAA Division III First Round
1995 Allegheny 9–1 7–1 2nd
1996 Allegheny 10–1 8–0 1st L NCAA Division III First Round
1997 Allegheny 9–2 7–1 T–1st L NCAA Division III First Round
Allegheny: 79–10–1 59–3
Fordham Rams (Patriot League) (1998)
1998 Fordham 4–7 2–4 5th
Fordham: 4–7 2–4
Total: 83–17–1
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title or championship game berth


  1. ^ "The James W. Dodge Foreign Language Advocate Award". Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. Archived from the original on August 21, 2014. Retrieved August 28, 2014.

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