Now in his ninth season in charge of the Santa Clara men’s basketball program, Kerry Keating has led the Broncos to a pair postseason appearances in the last five years.
Keating looks to mesh a number of returners with seven newcomers this season. The Broncos went 14-18 last season, but return six of their top eight scorers from a year ago, led by Jared Brownridge’s team-best 15.9 points per game. Matt Hubbard’s 6.8 ppg was fourth on the team while Nate Kratch was fifth with 5.2 per contest. Kratch (4.6 pg) and Hubbard (4.0 pg) were also the top two rebounders last season. Brownridge earned first-team All-West Coast Conference honors and
The Broncos won 14 games in 2013-14 and saw Brownridge break seven school records on the way to being named WCC Newcomer of the Year. Brownridge was also a finalist for the Kyle Macy National Freshman of the Year and a Freshman All-American. Brandon Clark was named to the All-WCC Honorable Mention team and Julian Clarke as named to the WCC All-Academic First Team. Clarke, John McArthur and Evan Roquemore all graduated in June of 2014 as Keating has seen all 22 of his seniors graduate during his tenure.
Keating led the Broncos to 24-plus victories for the second time in three years in 2012-13. Collecting a 26-12 record, the Broncos won the College Basketball Invitational postseason tournament after winning the CollegeInsider.com Tournament in 2011. The Broncos final RPI was No. 68 and record-wise, they claimed the biggest turnaround in Division I basketball that year. The 26 wins were just one shy of the school record set by the 1968-69 team who collected 27 wins.
Keating has a 128-139 record in his seven years as a head coach at Santa Clara. He is the third-winningest coach in the last 12 years in the WCC behind Gonzaga’s Mark Few and Saint Mary’s Randy Bennett.
Santa Clara won 26 games in 2012-13 after winning 21 regular season contests for the first time in almost 20 years on the Mission campus. Keating coached two first-team All-WCC members in 2013 in Marc Trasolini and Kevin Foster, the second-all-time leading scorer in West Coast Conference history. In addition to their success on the court, all five seniors graduated in June of 2014.
All totaled the Broncos combined to break 22 school and WCC records in 2012-13. Foster snapped the all-time WCC record for threes made, finishing tied for fourth in Division I history with 431. In addition to winning the CBI and finishing fourth in the WCC, the Broncos broke eight individual career records and five individual season records. As a team the Broncos broke eight season records as well. They also led the West Coast Conference in two team categories and two individual categories overall and two team categories and three individual categories in league games.
In his fourth year at the Bronco helm, Keating enjoyed one of Santa Clara’s most successful seasons, leading the team in 2010-11 to 24 wins – the second most in school history – and the CollegeInsider.com Post-Season Tournament Championship. Foster was named to the All-WCC First Team and an NABC All-District honoree; Evan Roquemore was named to the Freshman All-WCC Team and Troy Payne was named the WCC Defensive Player of the Year.
The Broncos also set eight team records, seven individual season records, two individual career records and four freshman individual records in 2010-11. Foster, who averaged a WCC-leading 20.2 ppg in 2010-11, was named by CollegeInsider.com to the Mid-Major All-America Team and the WCC’s Most Valuable Player. His 140 three’s were No. 1 nationally and No. 9 all-time in the NCAA. Both Foster and Trasolini scored their 1000th point in 2011 as well. All four seniors – Ben Dowdell, Troy Payne, Nate Mensah and Michael Santos – graduated in June 2011.
Keating led the Broncos to 11 wins in 2009-10 and a fifth-place finish in the league. Trasolini was named all-league and Robert Smith was named to the Freshman All-WCC team.
Keating led the Broncos to 16 wins in 2009-10 and a trip to the WCC Tournament semi-finals. In addition to John Bryant being named the WCC Player of the Year, Foster was named the WCC Newcomer of the Year. Three Broncos were named to the WCC All-Freshman team with the trio breaking 10 Bronco freshmen records.
It was a record-setting year for the Broncos, who won the 2008 Cable Car Classic with an 89-88 overtime win vs. UTEP. Bryant became the first Bronco in school history to score 1,600+ points, grab 1,100+ rebounds and block 200+ shots. Bryant finished his career at Santa Clara No. 1 in rebounds (1,152), No. 1 in blocks (246) and No. 6 in scoring (1,667). He was No. 1 in the country in double-doubles, rebounds per game and total rebounds during regular season play.
Foster’s 85 three-pointers in 2009 broke two-time NBA MVP Steve Nash’s Bronco record. Nash set the SCU record in 1995 when he made 84. Foster also broke the single season record for three pointers attempted with 232, breaking the Bronco record set by Kyle Bailey in 2005 when he attempted 198. In addition, Trasolini broke the Bronco record for single season shooting percentage, hitting 68.1% – shattering a 37-year old record set by Mike Stewart in 1972 when Stewart shot 64.7%.
Santos and Dowdell were both named to the WCC Academic Honor Roll with the men’s team posting a 3.1 GPA in the Spring 2009 quarter.
Keating’s first Bronco team won 15 games in 2007-08, finishing fourth in the WCC as the eight-team league sent a record three teams to the 2008 NCAA Tournament. Both Brody Angley and John Bryant were named to the West Coast Conference First Team. Angley broke the school record for minutes played in a season; and Bryant led the WCC in blocks and rebounds and was second in scoring. Bryant broke the SCU career blocks record, entering his senior year with 162, and single season record for blocks with 76 his junior year. Mitch Henke was named the WCC Postgraduate Male Athlete of the Year. In addition, all four seniors graduated.
Keating was named the 14th men’s basketball coach in Santa Clara history on April 6, 2007 and was introduced to the media at a press conference on April 9, 2007. Keating came to Santa Clara after serving four seasons as an assistant coach at UCLA, helping the Bruins to Final Four appearances in 2006 and `07. Keating is only the fifth SCU head coach since Bob Feerick took the reigns of the program in 1950 and the first Bronco men’s basketball head coach to be hired without having attended or coached as an assistant at SCU since 1926 when Harlan Dykes was hired as head coach.
Keating made a name for himself as one of the top recruiters in the nation as well as one of the most technologically innovative coaches in college basketball. At UCLA, in addition to helping UCLA to back-to-back Final Four appearances during Keatings tenure, the Bruins won two Pac-10 titles, made three NCAA Tournament appearances and collected a 91-41 record.
Keating played a pivotal role in bringing All-Pac-10 guard Darren Collison to the Bruins, the 21st overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft by the New Orleans Hornets. In addition, Keating assisted in the development of former Bruin Jordan Farmar (L.A. Lakers) and Arron Afflalo (Detroit Pistons), both NBA first round picks. He recruited and aided in the athletic maturation of Russell Westbrook, who was drafted No. 4 in the 2008 NBA Draft (Oklahoma City Thunder). Keating was also responsible for signing Kevin Love, the No. 1 high school player in the country, who went on to be a first-team All-American and the Pac-10 Player of the Year his freshman year. Love was the No. 5 pick in the 2008 NBA Draft and is now with the Minnesota Timberwolves.
In 2005, Rivals.com tapped Keating as one of the country’s Top 25 collegiate recruiters, and in 2004, he was featured in a USA Today article about the rigors of college basketball recruiting. With a respected knowledge of technology and its use in recruiting, Keating was featured in articles about the topic in both the Los Angeles Times and The Chronicle of Higher Education, in addition to serving as a frequent clinician on the topic. In 2003, Scout.com named Keating the “most high tech” assistant in the nation. In the 2003-04 Athlon Sports College Basketball Preseason Magazine, Keating was named one of the Top 10 assistant coaches in the U.S. His recruiting efforts helped UCLA earn the nation’s No. 4 incoming freshman class in 2004 (Rivals.com) and the No. 13 recruiting class in 2005 (Scout.com); and the No. 1 player in 2007, Kevin Love.
During his two seasons at Tennessee (2001-03) under Buzz Peterson, Keating helped the Volunteers land top-ranked recruiting classes – highlighted in 2003 by freshman C.J. Watson, who led the Southeastern Conference in minutes played and was the league leader in assists. In 2002-03, Tennessee was 17-12 overall and advanced to the first round of the NIT.
Prior to Tennessee, he spent the 2000-01 season under Peterson at Tulsa in the Western Athletic Conference. That season the Golden Hurricane was 26-11 overall and won the NIT crown.
From 1998-2000, Keating was an assistant coach under Peterson at Appalachian State in Boone, N.C. During those two years, the Mountaineers were 44-17 overall, won two regular season conference titles, made two appearances in the Southern Conference championship game and earned a 2000 NCAA berth. At ASU, he worked with backcourt players and was also responsible for on-campus recruiting and scheduling. Keating helped aid in the development of Tyson Patterson, the 2000 Southern Conference Player of the Year.
Keating’s coaching relationship with Peterson began in the Southeastern Conference at Vanderbilt in 1994-95, when they were both assistants on Jan van Breda Kolff’s staff at Vanderbilt. Keating and Peterson, now the head coach at UNC Wilmington, worked together at four different schools. Before his stint at Appalachian State, Keating spent three seasons (1995-98) at his alma mater, Seton Hall, as an assistant coach under George Blaney and Tommy Amaker. With the Pirates, Keating helped produce two All-Big East guards, Shaheen Holloway and Lavell Sanders, along with current Chicago Bulls assistant coach Adrian Griffin, a 10-year veteran of the NBA.
From 1993-94, Keating was an administrative assistant under Dave Odom at Wake Forest. The Demon Deacons, led by Randolph Childress and Tim Duncan, were 21-12 overall and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Duncan has won two NBA MVP titles and Childress played in the NBA Final for the Nets vs. Duncan’s Spurs team in 2003. Duncan, Childress and Odom were inducted into the Wake Forest Hall of Fame in 2008.
The 1993 Seton Hall graduate was a walk-on for head coach P.J. Carlesimo’s Pirates during the 1989-90 season. Keating began his coaching career the next year when he served as a student assistant coach and video coordinator from 1990-93. During his four years in South Orange, N.J., the Pirates won a total of 88 games and played in the NCAA Tournament each of his last three seasons. In 1991, Seton Hall advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight.
Keating was born on July 15, 1971 in Stoughton, Mass., and was raised in Rockville Centre, N.Y. He attended high school at Archbishop Molloy and graduated from Seton Hall Prep. His father, Larry, is one of the country’s top collegiate athletic administrators. Currently a senior associate athletic director at Kansas, he was Athletic Director at Seton Hall University from 1985-97 and also served as the Associate Commissioner of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) in Edison, N.J.
Keating married the former Treena Camacho on Aug. 24, 2008 in the Mission Church on the Santa Clara campus and they live in San Jose with their two sons Jaxon Anthony and Ryan James.