Keenan will coach Annapolis boys lacrosse

Former St. Mary's All-Met takes over for German

October 09, 2001|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Joe Keenan, an All-County and All-Metro defenseman at St. Mary's High in Annapolis before going onto to play at the University of North Carolina, has been named boys lacrosse coach at Annapolis High school.

Keenan, 26, replaces John German, who stepped down after three seasons as Panthers coach, the first two of which he was co-head coach with Bob Bohannon.

The Panthers were 38-13 over the last three years after German and Bohannon succeeded Dan Hart, who retired after winning his second state title in 1998.

"John decided to step down and we are fortunate to replace him with a young man who played in top-notch programs, " said Annapolis athletic director Dave Gehrdes. "We think Joe will be a great role model for our kids."

Keenan, who earned a degree in English and is trying to get into law school, is currently a substitute teacher. He showed leadership qualities at St. Mary's as a tri-captain his senior All-Metro season of 1994 and was labeled by coach Jim Moorhead as "tough and intimidating."

"Discipline and camaraderie are important to my main goal of getting the players to have fun playing lacrosse, " said Keenan, whose coaching experience includes a .500 season as a co-head coach two years ago at first-year East Chapel Hill (N.C.) High and last spring as a JV assistant at St. Mary's.

"I believe if your players are having fun, then most of the time you will end up winning."

Keenan takes over a team that was 9-6 last year with only seven seniors and had 12 juniors and eight sophomores.

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