Coach Keehn enters his seventh year leading the Matador baseball program, and last season was his best one yet. The Matadors claimed their first Region I Title since 1996, and the team hosted the West District Finals for the first time in team history. Plus Keehn led the team to more than 40 wins for the first time in 20 years as the Mats went 43-22. Now, Keehn is approaching 200 career wins at Arizona Western, which is fitting for a coach that was named the Region I Coach of the Year honor in 2012 after his first season as the head coach. He 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 to Central Arizona College (where he played) 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 26 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 nine first team all-conference players and five 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. 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.