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Keating brothers are reunited again after being hired as assistant coaches at St. Joseph’s Univ. under new mentor Wray

Wednesday, 28th September 2011

Categories Boy's/Men's, College  
 

Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 9/28/11
From Press Releases and Staff Reports

Dan Keating and Mike Keating have been named assistant men’s lacrosse coaches at Saint Joseph’s University, it was announced by first-year head coach Taylor Wray.

Both Keating brothers played collegiately at Duke University, as did Wray, and bring a great deal of coaching experience to the Hawks.

“I feel very fortunate and I couldn’t be more thrilled to announce the addition of Dan and Mike Keating to the staff here at Saint Joseph’s University. Both men bring a tremendous wealth of playing and coaching knowledge and there is no one out there more passionate about coaching than these two. With strong ties to Philadelphia and great familiarity with recruiting in the area, I can think of no one better to help me begin the next chapter for Saint Joseph’s lacrosse,” said Wray.

Dan Keating served as a volunteer assistant coach beside Wray at Lehigh University last season when he was the extra man coordinator and assistant offensive coordinator. The Mountain Hawks finished first in the league in scoring percentage and goals per game, as well as second in extra man offense goals scored.

In 2009-10, Dan Keating was the head coach at Malvern Prep and guided the team to a share of the Inter-Ac League title, while producing two high school All-Americans, three All-State players and five All-League players.

During the course of his career, Dan Keating has also served as the head coach at St. Joseph’s Prep and at The Taft School in Watertown, Connecticut, as well as the Mesa Fresh club team. Keating is a 1994 graduate of Episcopal Academy who earned high school All-American in 1994.

“It was a pleasure of working alongside Dan a year ago at Lehigh. He was instrumental in developing our offensive personnel, while coordinating one of the top extra man offensive units in the country,” said Wray.

Dan Keating, who graduated from Duke in 1999, was a member of three NCAA Tournament teams, including the Blue Devils’ 1997 squad that reached the NCAA Final Four. A member of the ACC Academic Honor Roll, Keating earned his master’s degree from Saint Joseph’s in 2009.

Dan is the director and instructor of Keating Lacrosse, LLC, which promotes the sport to boys at the elementary and secondary levels. He also worked as an assistant coach for the Under-15 team for the Mesa Fresh club team.

Mike Keating (Episcopal Academy) comes to Saint Joseph’s after spending last season as an assistant coach at the University of Pennsylvania, where he directed the face off and wing play.

The Quakers finished second in the Ivy League for their best finish since 1989 and made their first NCAA Championship appearance since 2006. That squad, which reached a high of ninth in the national rankings, also had five players earn All-Ivy honors and one receive All-American status.

He also served as the associate head coach and defensive coordinator on Dan’s staffs at Malvern Prep and St. Joseph’s Prep.

Mike was part of the Duke squads that made four trips to the NCAA Championship, while reaching the quarterfinals three times. He served as team captain of the Blue Devils that won the 2001 ACC Championship, while earning the team’s Defensive MVP award and mention on the ACC Academic Honor Roll. He is currently pursuing his master’s degree at Eastern University.

“I had the privilege of playing alongside Mike in college and he is one of finest leaders, teachers and tacticians in our sport. He is going to be working on both sides of the ball and will coordinate our face-off unit and extra man defensive unit,” said Wray.

Wray was named the Hawks’ head coach on August 1, coming to Saint Joseph’s after serving as an assistant coach at Lehigh for the past four years. Wray played collegiately at Duke and professionally in the National Lacrosse League, serving as captain of the Philadelphia Wings.

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