Rudy Keeling

Rudy Keeling (1947-2013)

Teams coached: Maine Black Bears, Northeastern Huskies
Maine record: 106-122 (.465)
Northeastern record: 48-92 (.343)
Overall record: 154-214 (.418)

Career Accomplishments:

  • NCAA National Championships:  0
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  0
  • NIT Championships:  0
  • NIT Appearances:  0


Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

1996-2001 Northeastern
1988-1996 Maine
1986-1988 Marquette (asst)
1980-1986 Bradley (asst)

Rudy Keeling Facts

  • Harold Rudolph Keeling
  • Born March 14, 1947
  • Died July 6, 2013
  • Hometown: New York City, New York
  • Alma Mater: Quincy University (BA, 1970)
  • Graduated from Bishop Dubois HS in Manhattan and originally attended Notre Dame before transferring to D-II Quincy (IL)
  • Became the head coach at Bergan (now Peoria Notre Dame) HS (IL) in 1977 before starting his collegiate career in 1980
  • Hired by Dick Versace to be an assistant coach at Bradley, also located in Peoria, IL
  • Versace left for the NBA in 1986, while Keeling spent the next two seasons at Marquette as an assistant under Bob Dukiet
  • Headed back East in 1988 to become the head coach at Maine; went 106-122 in eight seasons with the Black Bears
    • Finished above .500 three times, highlighted by the 1993-94 team that won 20 games for the first time in program history
  • Left for Northeastern in 1996 and coached the Huskies for the next five seasons
    • All five of his teams went .500 or worse and he was let go in 2001 with an overall record of 48-92
  • Became the athletic director at D-III Emerson in Boston in 2002, working in that role for the next five years
  • Finished his career as commissioner of the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC), serving from 2007 to 2013
  • Passed away from cancer in 2013 at the age of 66; survived by his wife, Jane, and their three children (predeceased by another son)

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