HUNTSVILLE, Texas- K.C. Keeler has been named as Sam Houston State's 15th head football coach. As a head coach he brings a record of 174 wins, 73 losses, and one tie.
"This is a tremendously exciting opportunity for me and my family," Keeler said. "We're coming to an institution that not only has enjoyed outstanding football success recently but also is growing as an academic institution."
In 2003 Keeler led the Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens to a victory in the FCS National Championship. The Blue Hens also reached the FCS Championship in 2007 and 2010.
In his 11 seasons at Delaware (2002 to 2012), the Blue Hens rolled up an 86-52 record. Delaware went 11-3 in the program's four trips to the FCS playoffs.
At Rowan University in Glassboro, N. J., Keeler produced an 88-21-1 record from 1993 to 2001 that included seven NCAA Division III playoff appearances including five trips to the National Championship game. His teams posted a 21-7 record in NCAA Division III playoff action.
"One of the things that jumps out at you first is Coach Keeler's record at the FCS level. Not only has he won a national championship but he has returned to the championship game two other times," Sam Houston Director of Athletics Bobby Williams said. "He has a track record of building a program and then continuing that success."
Keeler led the Blue Hens to Atlantic 10 titles in 2003 and 2004 and the Colonial Athletic Association in 2010. He has received several coaching honors including the AFCA FCS National Coach of the Year, Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year, Maxwell Club Tri-State Coach of the Year and the All-America Football Foundation Johnny Vaught Head Coach Award.
A graduate of Delaware himself, Keeler played linebacker for head coach Tubby Raymond at Delaware from 1978 to 1980. He was a key contributor to the Blue Hens 1979 NCAA Division II National Championship. In 1980, he signed a free agent contract with the Philadelphia Eagles.