Rudy Keeling

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).[1]

Rudy Keeling
Biographical details
Born(1947-03-14)March 14, 1947
DiedJuly 6, 2013(2013-07-06) (aged 66)
Londonderry, New Hampshire
Alma materQuincy
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1977–1980Bergan HS
1980–1986Bradley (assistant)
1986–1988Marquette (assistant)
1988–1996Maine
1996–2001Northeastern
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
2002–2007Emerson
2007–2013ECAC (Commissioner)
Head coaching record
Overall154–214 (college)

Keeling attended Bishop Dubois High School and Quincy University, where he played basketball and graduated in 1970.[2] 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.[3]

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.[3]

Keeling died on July 6, 2013 in Londonderry, New Hampshire.[2] His daughter is Kara Keeling, a film and gender studies academic.[4] Other children include, Harold Keeling, David Keeling, Lisa Keeling, Christopher "Kip"Keeling, Tina Keeling, and Cory Keeling.

Head coaching recordEdit

CollegeEdit

Statistics overview
Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Maine Black Bears (North Atlantic Conference) (1988–1996)
1988–89 Maine 9–19 7–11 6th
1989–90 Maine 11–17 6–6 4th
1990–91 Maine 13–16 7–3 2nd
1991–92 Maine 17–15 8–6 3rd
1992–93 Maine 10–17 4–10 5th
1993–94 Maine 20–9 11–3 2nd
1994–95 Maine 11–16 6–10 8th
1995–96 Maine 15–13 11–7 3rd
Maine: 106–122 (.465) 60–56 (.517)
Northeastern Huskies (America East Conference) (1996–2001)
1996–97 Northeastern 7–20 6–12 7th
1997–98 Northeastern 14–14 9–9 7th
1998–99 Northeastern 10–18 6–12 7th
1999–00 Northeastern 7–21 5–13 9th
2000–01 Northeastern 10–19 8–10 6th
Northeastern: 48–92 (.343) 34–56 (.378)
Total: 154–214 (.418)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Rudy Keeling Coaching Record - College Basketball at Sports-Reference.com". College Basketball at Sports-Reference.com.
  2. ^ a b "Obituary: Harold Rudolph "Rudy" Keeling". Bangor Daily News. July 10, 2013. Retrieved July 27, 2013.
  3. ^ a b "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.
  4. ^ Setterlund, Carl. "With a Lion's heart, Keeling sought challenges". Berkeley Beacon. Retrieved 20 March 2016.