Santa Clara announced Monday that head basketball coach Kerry Keating was being let go after nine seasons with the Broncos. Keating had a 139-159 overall record as Santa Clara head coach but was never able to finish higher than fourth in the WCC standings.
Keating’s most notable achievements were leading the Broncos to a CIT Championship in 2011 and a CBI Championship in 2013. Santa Clara is the first (and so far only) program to win a title in each of these tournaments.
Also notable during Keating’s tenure was academic success. The Santa Clara program has had a 100 percent graduation rate over the last eight years and has been represented on the WCC All-Academic team in eight of the last nine seasons.
Keating is an East Coast-native, born in Massachusetts and raised in Rockville Centre, New York. Among his prior coaching stops were assistant positions under Ben Howland at UCLA (2003-2007) and Buzz Peterson at Tennessee, Tulsa & Appalachian State (1998-2003).
The next Santa Clara coach will have the unenviable task of competing with Gonzaga and Saint Mary’s at the top of the conference. The last time a team outside those two won the WCC Tournament was in 2008, when San Diego took down the Zags in the title game.