Coach Keehn enters his sixth year leading the Matador baseball program; his first five seasons have delivered 155 wins, a pair of playoff appearances and Region I Coach of the Year honor in 2012. Coach Keehn spent one season as an assistant at AWC before taking over for John Stratton in 2012. Keehn started his collegiate coaching career in 2004 as an assistant at Odessa Junior College before moving back 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 a staff that helped lead the Lions to a 2nd place finish in the WCC Championship Series.
Coach Keehn has had the opportunity to coach 25 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. While at Arizona Western the Matadors have produced four first team all-conference players and three second team selections. The Matadors have produced academically under Coach Keehn with 41 Dean’s List recipients. The team boasts a 2.85 overall GPA in the first three years and including a 3.124 GPA in the fall of 2014.
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. Keehn and his wife Aybuke, a former NJCAA All-American and NAIA All-American in track and cross-country, are blessed with two children: daughter Nisa and son Ozan.