Mike Keogh was named the University of Delaware’s new men’s golf head coach July 21, 2001. The 12th head coach in UD history and just the fourth since 1955, Keogh begins his 15th season in 2015-16.
Keogh, 63, is a 1973 graduate of the University of Delaware, where he was a letterwinner on the golf team, and also holds a master’s degree from Wilmington College in 1999.
During his 14 seasons at the helm, Keogh has led his teams to 110 tournament top five finishes, including capturing 14 team titles. His 2012-13 squad, which posted six top five tournament finishes during the season, tied for its highest Colonial Athletic Association Tournament showing with a fifth place finish. Keogh’s 2005-06 squad also placed fifth the CAA Tournament.
Through his tenure at Delaware, Keogh has coached two conference tournament champions and NCAA Tournament participants in Justin Martinson (2010) and Greg Matthias (2012). Martinson has played professionally on the Web.com Tour and NGA Pro Golf Tour. Additionally Joey McLister, who enjoyed a record-breaking career for the Blue Hens in 2004-07, played on the Web.com Tour and competed in two PGA Tour events.
In his first season at the helm of the Blue Hens in 2001-2002, Keogh led the squad to an eighth place finish at the Colonial Athletic Association Championships. His teams finished a season-best fifth at both the Wesley and Lafayette Invitationals.
In his second season, the Hens placed ninth at the CAA championships but captured three tournament titles during the season, winning at the Army Fall Invitational, the Goldey Beacom Fall Invitational, and the season-ending Scotty Duncan Memorial Invitational.
During the 2003-04 campaign, the Hens posted six top five team finishes, including a second place finish at Scotty Duncan Memorial hosted by the Blue Hens during the spring and a second place finish at the John McDonald Classic hosted by Temple during the fall. The Hens placed ninth at the CAA Championships. As a team, the Hens improved their stroke average to 77.59 for the season after posting a mark of 80.94 the previous year.
During the 2004-05 year, the Blue Hens improved to an eighth place finish at the CAA championships, falling just one stroke short of seventh place, and posted a tournament victory at the spring Goldey-Beacom Invitational. The Hens also placed second at the fall Goldey-Beacom Invitational, were fourth at the Don Mershon Invitational and Scotty Duncan Memorial Tournament, and sixth at the Lafayette Invitational.
His team’s 2005-06 season was the best in five years in the CAA as he led the Blue Hens to a fifth place finish in the team standings led by Joe McLister, who became the first UD individual to earn All-CAA honors and place in the top 10 in the league tournament with a 10th place finish. The team posted six top five tournament finishes during the season, including winning the team title at UD’s Scotty Duncan Memorial Tournament to finish out the season. Delaware’s team cumulative stroke average of 75.69 established a new school record.
The 2006-07 squad, led once again by all-time UD career stroke average leader McLister, posted nine top 10 finishes, including winning the Hens’ own Scotty Duncan Memorial, placing third in the Fairfield Spring Invitational, and fourth in the William & Mary Spring Invitational. The Hens registered a sixth place team finish at the CAA Championships.
Delaware finished seventh at the conference championships in 2007-08, when the Blue Hens posted three third place finishes and one fourth place finish.
The Blue Hens improved in 2008-09 under Keogh, as UD placed among the top five in eight of 10 tournaments on the year. Delaware captured the Cornell Invitational, and came in second at the Navy and Scotty Duncan Invitationals. Justin Martinson earned medalist honors at the George Washington and Lafayette Invitationals during the spring season, and the Blue Hens finished seventh at the CAA Championships.
Keogh led Delaware to his most successful season in 2009-10, as the Blue Hens won a school-record four consecutive tournaments during the fall of 2009. After winning its own Scotty Duncan Memorial, UD then captured the Joe Agee Invitational and Lincoln Mercury Intercollegiate before closing the run with a victory at the Andrew Geyer Memorial Classic.
The Blue Hens posted two other top-five finishes during the spring, and later placed sixth at the CAA Championships. Additionally Keogh oversaw an incredible season by Justin Martinson, who became the first UD golfer to win a conference title by earning medalist honors with a four-shot victory at the CAA Tournament. Martinson, who set a Blue Hen single-season record for lowest average round, finished 13th at the NCAA Regionals and won two other tournaments on the year.
Delaware continued its strong run during the 2010-11 campaign, finishing among the top 10 in all but two tournaments while claiming team titles at the Navy Fall Classic and Villanova Invitational. Martinson earned first team All-CAA honors, while he concluded his career as the school’s career leader in lowest stroke average.
Additionally, Martinson carded the two lowest rounds in Delaware history with a 64 at the Lincoln Mercury Intercollegiate and a 65 at the Navy Fall Classic, while fellow senior Kevin McLister fired a pair of 66 rounds.
Keogh led the Blue Hens to another strong year in 2011-12, which featured six top-five finishes including defending the team title at the Navy Fall Classic. In the spring Matthias became the second Blue Hen in three years to claim the CAA title, as he earned medalist honors at nearby Wilmington Country Club.
Keogh lettered in 1972 during his career playing under legendary head coach Scotty Duncan, helping the team post an 11-7 dual record and a fourth place finish at the Middle Atlantic Conference championships.
A former English teacher at Newark High School, he is a member of the Delaware State Golf Association and Newark Country Club.
Keogh previously served as an assistant golf coach at Newark High School and as Newark Country Club’s Junior Golf Program Coordinator. He has also coached soccer at the high school level.
Keogh and his wife, Kathy, reside in Newark. They have two children. Son, Marty, was a four-year standout golfer at the U.S. Naval Academy in 1998-2002.
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