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OUAZ Names Matt Keeley Head Men’s Basketball Coach
– OUAZ Director of Athletics Kevin Steele announced Monday that Matt Keeley has been named head coach for the Spirit Men’s Basketball team, in time for their inaugural 2017-18 season.
“Spirit athletics is privileged to have Matt Keeley join our university family,” said OUAZ Director of Athletics Kevin Steele. “Matt is a proven winner and tenacious recruiter who approaches his career with a servant leader mentality. He first serves the Lord, his family and all others. He will be an incredible mentor to his student-athletes and he will be an incredible addition to our already very strong staff. Matt has worked with me for the better part of eight years at a previous institution, and he is an incredible coach. He has won at a very high level, while doing it the right way. He was mentored by a true hall of famer and it would surprise no one for Matt to someday be inducted as a coach on his own someday. He along with Jana and the kids are going to be an immensely important part of the growth of not only our basketball program, but for our entire university.”
In the past six seasons, Keeley has helped guide MidAmerica Nazarene University in Olathe, Kansas to four conference titles and four National Tournament appearances; including an Elite-8 and two Fab-Four finishes.
“I am very thankful to President (Kevin) Eichner, Provost (Dennis) Tyner, and Director of Athletics Kevin Steele for this opportunity,” said Keeley. “I am so excited for the family and I to join the OUAZ campus and pursue a lifetime of significance. The City of Surprise seems like the perfect community for my young family.”
Keeley added, “I look forward to recruiting local student-athletes that have energy to launch a new program. I will be looking for prospects that embody the Ottawa Spirit.”
A 2004 graduate of MNU, Keeley received his Master's in Organizational Leadership from MNU in 2012. Keeley was inducted in the MNU Hall of Fame in 2014; following a stellar career as the Pioneers point guard from 2001-04. He and his wife Jana, now reside in Surprise with their three children, Cade (6), Reese (5), and Cam (1).
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About Ottawa University
Founded in 1865, Ottawa University prepares professional and liberal arts graduates for lifetimes of personal significance, vocational fulfillment and service to God and humanity as a Christ-inspired community of grace and opening inquiry. Ottawa University is a comprehensive, not-for-profit educational institution serving more than 4,000 students through its residential campuses in Ottawa, Kan., and Surprise, Ariz. (opening Fall 2017), and adult campuses in Overland Park, Kan.; Phoenix, Queen Creek and Surprise, Ariz.; Brookfield, Wis.; Jeffersonville, Ind.; and online. For more information, visit www.ottawa.edu.
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