In his sixth season at the Bronco helm, Kerry Keating will bring back all but one letterwinner, walk-on Phillip Bach, for the 2012-13 season, including All-WCC players Marc Trasolini, Kevin Foster and Evan Roquemore.
During his fourth year Keating enjoyed one of Santa Clara’s most successful season in 2010-11, leading it to 24 wins – the second most in school history – and the CollegeInsider.com Post-Season Tournament Championship. Kevin 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 Marc Trasolini scored their 1000th point this season. All four seniors – Ben Dowdell, Troy Payne, Nate Mensah and Michael Santos – will graduate in June 2011.
Keating led the Broncos to 11 wins in 2009-10 and a fifth-place finish in the league. Marc 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 West Coast Conference Tournament semi-finals. In addition to 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%.
Michael Santos and Ben 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.