George Keogan

George Keogan (1890-1943)

Teams coached: UW-Superior Yellowjackets, Saint Louis Billikens, St. Thomas Tommies, Valparaiso Crusaders, Notre Dame Fighting Irish
UW-Superior record^: 20-6-2 (.750)
Saint Louis record: 22-12 (.647)
St. Thomas (MN) record^: 13-2 (.867)
Allegheny record^: 10-3 (.769)
Valparaiso record: 31-13 (.705)
Notre Dame record: 327-97-1 (.771)
Overall record^: 423-133-3 (.761)

Career Accomplishments:


  • Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame (inducted 1961)
  • National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame (inducted 2006)

Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

1923-1943 Notre Dame
1919-1921 Valparaiso
1918-1919 Allegheny
1917-1918 St. Thomas
1914-1916 Saint Louis
1912-1914 Superior Normal

George Keogan Facts

  • George E. Keogan
  • Born March 8, 1890
  • Died February 17, 1943
  • Hometown: Minnesota Lake, Minnesota
  • Alma Mater: University of Minnesota (BA, 1913)
  • Started his coaching career while a student at UM, coaching the varsity teams at Lockport HS and Riverside HS
  • Coached the Superior Normal School’s (now UW-Superior) basketball team for two seasons, going 20-6-2
  • Went 22-12 as the head coach at Saint Louis, also coaching the Billikens’ football team for a year
  • Served at Great Lakes Naval Station during World War I, then coached at then-D-II St. Thomas and D-II Allegheny (PA)
  • At Valparaiso, he coached the basketball and football teams for two seasons and the baseball team for one
    • Went 31-13 in basketball and 10-6 in football
  • Arrived at Notre Dame in 1923, the part of his career for which Keogan is best remembered
    • Was 327-97 in 20 season as head basketball coach, mostly before the NCAA Tournament
    • Had two teams – 1926-27 and 1935-36 – retroactively named Helms Foundation National Champions
    • Also coached the baseball team for five seasons and assisted legendary football coach Knute Rockne
  • Suffered a heart attack at his South Bend home in February 1943, passing away at age 52
    • Survived by his wife of eleven years, Ruby
    • Assistant Ed “Moose” Krause coached the team for the rest of the season; he would spend over 30 years as AD at Notre Dame
  • Inducted into the Naismith Memorial HOF (c/o 1961) and the College Basketball HOF (inaugural c/o 2006)

George Keogan Coaching Tree


^ overall record includes head coaching positions at the NCAA Division I level only