Baseball Coaches

Drew Keehn

Drew Keehn

Head Coach

Head Coach Drew Keehn enters his tenth season leading the Matador Baseball Program since the 2012 season. Under Keehn, Matador Baseball has seen its most successful stretch in school history tallying 130 wins, with the first three-year period to average over 40 wins.

That success has also translated to helping players move on academically and athletically. The 2019 MLB Amateur Draft saw five Matador alumni selected in the first thirty rounds, including two players directly off of the spring roster (Zach Huffins and Gabriel Ponce).

2018 was a historic season under Keehn in which Matador Baseball broke numerous school records. AWC set a team record with 49 wins, won a second straight Region I title for the first time since 1995-96, advanced to the West District Final, saw third baseman Sean Roby named the ACCAC Player of the Year, and had Roby get drafted in the 12th round by the San Francisco Giants.
The success in 2018 came on the heels of a strong finish in 2017 that saw the Mats claim their first Region I Title since 1996. The 2017 team hosted the West District Playoffs for the first time in team history, and Keehn led the team to more than 40 wins for the first time in 20 years as the Mats went 43-22.

Keehn came to Arizona Western in 2011 and spent one season as an assistant at AWC before taking over for John Stratton in 2012. He was immediately named the ACCAC Coach of the Year in that 2012 season after leading the Matadors to the Region I playoffs.

Keehn started his collegiate coaching career in 2004 as an assistant at Odessa Junior College before returning to Central Arizona College to work as the team’s recruiting coordinator and pitching coach from 2005 through 2007. Keehn’s final recruiting class finished 3rd in Grand Junction in 2008. During the summer Coach Keehn honed his craft by leading the pitching staff under Steve Abney for the Brainard Blue Thunder in the Northwoods League in 2005 and as head coach of the Liberal Bee Jays in 2006 & 2007 with an NBC appearance in 2006. Afterwards, Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California hired Coach Keehn from 2007-2010. Keehn oversaw a Lions’ pitching staff that placed in the top of the conference in ERA and fewest walks allowed in 2009 and that helped lead the Lions to a 2nd place finish in the West Coast Conference Championship Series.

Coach Keehn has had the opportunity to coach 31 MLB drafted players during his coaching career including major leaguers Josh Spence of the San Diego Padres and Ryan Wheeler, currently with the Anaheim Angels. The Matadors have seen two players earn national recognition having placed infielder Sean Roby and pitcher Chris Koeiman on the NJCAA Honorable Mention list for All-Americans. While at Arizona Western the Matadors have produced eleven first team all-conference players and eight second team selections. The Matadors have produced academically under Coach Keehn with more than 50 Dean’s List recipients.

Keehn played at Central Arizona College from 1992-94. Drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the ’93 Major League Baseball draft. Keehn spent three years in the Rockies’ organization and worked his way up to Class A-Asheville. A native of Wyandotte, Michigan, Keehn earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science at the University of Arizona, and a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Phoenix.

Zeke Mitchem

Zeke Mitchem

Assistant Coach

Coach Zeke Mitchem has been an integral part of the Matador Baseball machine over the last four seasons as an assistant coach. Entering year five in Yuma, Mitchem’s responsibilities have included coordinating the offense and developing position players as well as recruitment.

Mitchem has helped lead the Mats to consecutive 40+ win seasons and back-to-back Region I titles. In 2018, third baseman Sean Roby was named the ACCAC Player of the Year before being drafted in the 12th round by the San Francisco Giants. 2019 saw three position players from Arizona Western drafted including the first Matador off the board in the 12th round, Zach Hufins. Mitchem’s three seasons at AWC have seen the most successful period of Matador Baseball, averaging over 40 wins in that timeframe.

Prior to AWC, he spent nine seasons as the lead assistant at Georgia College. He served as the recruiting coordinator and the director of positional player instruction and development. He also handled the offensive philosophy and game-day management on the way to several record-breaking seasons. He helped the program average 35 wins per season over his nine years while making an NCAA World Series appearance in 2010 and winning the Peach Belt Conference Tournament for the first two times in program history (2013 and 2015). The team made nine straight trips to the Peach Belt Conference tournament and five trips to the NCAA Southeast Regional Tournament. Under Mitchem's direction, the offense averaged more than eight runs per game, hit better than .315, slugged more than .475 and stole more than 100 bases per season. In 2014, he helped the team lead the NCAA in scoring (9.4 runs per game). He also helped the team post its five best seasons defensively in school history while consistently ranking at the top of the Peach Belt Conference.

More than 40 of his former players have signed professional contracts in his 18 year career. Before Georgia College, he coached overseas in the German Bundesliga (pro league) for three seasons as well as working in the South Australia Baseball League. Mitchem has worked with Major League Baseball as an Envoy in Costa Rica, and he has managed three different summer league teams. He started his coaching career at Henderson State University before moving up to the NCAA Division I level at Drexel University as the recruiting coordinator and defensive coach. While at Drexel, his teams continually broke the school record for fielding percentage. He then moved to Marshall University in West Virginia and helped the team tie the school record for most wins in a season. As a player, he played at Brown Mackie College before transferring to Tri-State University.

Wyatt Moore

Wyatt Moore

Assistant Coach

Wyatt Moore returns for his season with the Matadors in the spring of 2021.

Prior to moving up to the collegiate level, Moore spent two seasons as the Assistant Baseball Coach/Hitting Coach at Belle Plaine High School in Belle Plaine, KS. While there, Belle Plaine saw their offense ranked in the top 15 in their class in multiple categories, thus helping lead the Dragons to their first winning season in school history.

Moore, a Silver Lake, KS native, played his college baseball at Sterling College, in Sterling, KS. At Sterling, he was part of a consistent winner as the team’s he was on clinched the NAIA Opening Round both seasons he was there. As a player he spent time as a two-way player his freshman year, and then was moved into a more permanent role as a Pitcher as a sophomore. Before his sophomore season could begin, his playing career was ended from a shoulder injury. From there he transferred to Wichita State where he received his B.A. in Sport Management and graduated Cum Laude. He also received a M.Ed. in Sport Management.

In the summer of 2019, Moore served as the Hitting Coach for the Park City Rangers in the KCBL, a collegiate baseball summer league in Wichita, KS, where it was his first college coaching experience.

Prior to coaching at Belle Plaine, Moore spent one semester as a Graduate Manager for the Wichita State Shocker Baseball Team. He also spent one season as a Volunteer Assistant Coach at Wichita Collegiate High School, in Wichita, KS where he helped lead the Spartans to their first winning season in the three years prior.

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