Head Coach Drew Keehn enters his ninth 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.