FLORENCE, Ala.– The longest tenured coach in the history of the University of North Alabama athletic program, Mike Keehn has actually revealed his retirement as head baseball coach of the Lions at the end of the existing 2022 season.
Keehn, who signed up with the UNA program as a graduate assistant in 1989, retires as a grandpa who has actually invested the last 34 years assisting direct the Lion program to 1,065 overall wins. He belonged of 720 wins as an assistant coach to Mike Lane and has actually made another 345 wins as head coach at North Alabama.
In all, Keehn has actually coached UNA in its last 1,720 straight video games over a profession that touches 5 years.
Keehn revealed his retirement following the Lions’ Saturday afternoon video game versus Bellarmine.
UNA’s Sunday video game versus Bellarmine at 1:00 p.m., at Mike Lane Field will be Keehn’s last house video game as head coach of the Lions.
” Coach Keehn and I satisfied previously this month to discuss his strategies to retire at the conclusion of the 2022 season,” stated University of North Alabama Director of Sports Dr. Josh Looney. “Constant with Coach Keehn’s high character and unrelenting commitment to UNA Baseball, he firmly insisted that the attention of this last house weekend series be concentrated on Senior Day celebrations and baseball’s finishing professional athletes. Now that those 2 occasions have actually passed, Sunday’s house ending is our chance to praise Mike and his household on their 34-year commitment to UNA Baseball. Mike enjoys this program and his contributions are countless. On behalf of everybody at North Alabama Sports, we thank Coach Keehn for putting his heart and soul into our program and want the Keehn’s the outright finest.”
” There aren’t a great deal of coaches that get to invest their whole expert profession at one school and I value the University of North Alabama for offering me that chance,” stated Keehn. “This neighborhood has actually been terrific to us.
” A really unique thank you to my household, my better half Lisa, kids Jessica, Erica and Austin. Their assistance for many years has actually implied a lot to me. Coaches spouses need to withstand a lot, and I am genuinely grateful for Lisa to be next to me and support me throughout this fantastic time in my life. We are both anticipating this brand-new chapter in our lives.”
Keehn likewise thanked Lane, who brought him to North Alabama in 1989.
” An unique thanks to Coach Mike Lane also for offering me the chance here as a graduate assistant, and for thinking in me and after that employing me as a full-time assistant coach. I will constantly be grateful for our ongoing relationship and his management, and particularly his relationship.
” I wish to thank previous athletic director Mark Linder for employing me as head baseball coach here and offering me the opportunity to lead the program, and an unique thanks to Matt Hancock and Nick McGregor for their time with my as a head coach and their commitment to me and the baseball program. I likewise wish to thank Anthony DeCicco and Chris Blakey for their effort and time as assistant coaches here at UNA also.
” I have actually been extremely lucky to be around some amazing gamers for many years and see them establish and succeed which has actually genuinely been a true blessing. I am so happy with all the gamers I have had the chance to coach, and value all the time and efforts throughout their playing time, however much more notably, to see them return and continue to support UNA Baseball,” Keehn stated.
Keehn is the 10th head baseball coach in school history and will close his profession as the 2nd winningest coach in program history, behind just Lane.
Throughout his time at UNA, Keehn assisted establish many All-Americans, lots of gamers who went on to play expert baseball and 3 who reached the Significant Leagues. He likewise coached 12 gamers who have actually been inducted into the UNA Athletic Hall of Popularity.
The Lions have actually likewise stood out off the field throughout Keehn’s time at UNA, producing 44 scholastic all-conference choices and 3 Academic All-Americans ®.
As head coach, Keehn assisted lead UNA to back-to-back NCAA playoff looks in 2011 and 2012 and has actually assisted the program through the 4 years of shift to Department I.
As an assistant coach, Keehn assisted lead the Lions to 4 championship game and 7 NCAA playoff looks, consisting of an area in the 1999 NCAA Department II World Series.
An infielder at Kearney State College (now the University of Nebraska-Kearney), Keehn made respectable reference All-America honors, and was prepared and signed by the Texas Rangers company. After a stint in the minors, he went to coach at Kansas City, Kan., Neighborhood College from 1985-88. He assisted direct KCKCC to a 120-36 record over those 3 seasons with 2 Jayhawk Championship game and 2 district runner-up surfaces.
He then made his Master’s in Education from UNA in July of 1990 after working as a graduate assistant coach with the Lions from 1989-90.
In all he was an assistant coach at UNA for 20 seasons and has actually invested the last 14 years as head coach of the Lions.
He and his better half Lisa have 2 children, Jessica and Erica, and a boy, Austin. Jessica is wed to Corey Meisel and they a boy, Houston. Erica is wed to Rob Rikard and they have one boy, Noah, and a child, Addison.