Harold Rudolph Keeling (March 14, 1947 – July 6, 2013) was an American college basketball coach and administrator. He was a Division I head basketball coach at the University of Maine and Northeastern University, before becoming Athletic Director at Emerson College and commissioner of the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC).
|Born||March 14, 1947|
|Died||July 6, 2013 (aged 66)|
Londonderry, New Hampshire
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|Administrative career (AD unless noted)|
|Head coaching record|
Keeling attended Bishop Dubois High School and Quincy University, where he played basketball and graduated in 1970. In 1977, he began his coaching career as head coach of Bergan High School in Peoria, Illinois. In 1980, he was hired as an assistant at Bradley University by head coach Dick Versace. After a stint at Marquette, Keeling was named head coach at Maine in 1988 - the school's first African-American head coach. In eight seasons at Maine, he compiled a record of 106–122 and led the school to its first 20 win season. From there, Keeling was named head coach at Northeastern, where in five seasons he went 48–92.
In 2002, Keeling was named athletic director at Emerson College, where in his five years he added five varsity sports. In 2007, he left to become commissioner of the ECAC, the first African-American commissioner of a major conference.
Keeling died on July 6, 2013, in Londonderry, New Hampshire. His daughter is Kara Keeling, a film and gender studies academic. Other children include, Harold Keeling, David Keeling, Lisa Keeling, Christopher "Kip"Keeling, Tina Keeling, and Cory Keeling.
Head coaching recordEdit
|Maine Black Bears (North Atlantic Conference) (1988–1996)|
|Maine:||106–122 (.465)||60–56 (.517)|
|Northeastern Huskies (America East Conference) (1996–2001)|
|Northeastern:||48–92 (.343)||34–56 (.378)|
- "Rudy Keeling Coaching Record - College Basketball at Sports-Reference.com". College Basketball at Sports-Reference.com.
- "Obituary: Harold Rudolph "Rudy" Keeling". Bangor Daily News. July 10, 2013. Retrieved July 27, 2013.
- "The ECAC Mourns the Loss of Former Commissioner Rudy Keeling". Eastern College Athletic Conference. July 8, 2013. Archived from the original on October 22, 2013. Retrieved July 27, 2013.
- Setterlund, Carl. "With a Lion's heart, Keeling sought challenges". Berkeley Beacon. Retrieved 20 March 2016.