BEREA, Ohio – Baldwin Wallace University Director of Athletics Kris A. Diaz '78 has announced the hiring of Trey Keeley as the new men's lacrosse head coach. He becomes just the second head coach in program history.
Keeley comes to BW after three years at Ohio Wesleyan University, two as an assistant coach and one as an associate head coach. His main responsibilities included working as offensive coordinator, man-up coordinator, recruiting coordinator and assistant face-off coordinator.
"I could not be more excited to join the Baldwin Wallace University family," Keeley said. "I am grateful to Athletic Director Kris Diaz, Assistant Athletic Director John Snell and the Baldwin Wallace community for allowing me the opportunity to lead the Baldwin Wallace University men's lacrosse program. It is an honor and privilege to join an athletic department with the commitment of coaches and staff to impact the lives of student-athletes every single day. I would like to thank Coach Plantholt and the Ohio Wesleyan University staff and players for the chance to learn and grow with them for the past three years. I am looking forward to getting to work in the fastest growing lacrosse conference in the country and making a positive impact on the BW community immediately."
"We are excited to have Trey join the Yellow Jacket family," Diaz said. "He has been involved in championship programs both as a player and as a coach and we look for him to bring that experience and success to BW to take our program to the next level."
While at Ohio Wesleyan, Keeley helped to lead the program to a 42-11 overall record, including a North Coast Athletic Conference Championship and an appearance in the NCAA Quarterfinals in 2015. The Battling Bishops finished the 2015 season ranked third in the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) Final Coaches poll and were also ranked in the USILA Top 20 D3 Coaches Poll and the LaxMagazine Top 20 D3 Poll from 2015-17. Keeley graduated four USILA Scholar All-Americans, eight USILA All-Americans and the NCAC Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year in 2015 during his three years on the staff.
Some of Keeley's other duties at Ohio Wesleyan included assisting in all aspects of the program's daily operations, academically mentoring student athletes in a three-step mentor program, designing branding and promotional items for recruiting and increased alumni involvement, teaching PE Activities 1034 "Beginner Strength and Conditioning" for the health and human kinetics department and serving as the NCAC's assistant coach representative to the Intercollegiate Men's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IMLCA).
Before coming to Ohio Wesleyan, Keeley spent two years as a graduate assistant coach with Frostburg State University where he worked primarily as the assistant offensive coordinator, face-off coordinator, box coach, scouting and film analysis coordinator. The Bobcats compiled a 27-13 record during his two years as an assistant coach. In his first season in 2013, Frostburg was named the most improved lacrosse program in Division III by LaxPower.com. Keeley also helped lead the team to its first Capital Athletic Conference playoff appearance in 2013 and victory in 2014.
Outside of his collegiate coaching experiences, Keeley served as the local development officer for Hitchin Lacrosse Club in the English Lacrosse Association, where he organized, promoted and ran junior clubs, camps and tournaments for youth pop lacrosse. He founded 717 Lacrosse in central Pennsylvania and directed camps and clinics from March 2012 to July 2015. Starting in May 2016, Keeley has also been a camp director for the D3 Midwest Lacrosse Showcase.
As a collegiate athlete at Roanoke College, Keeley racked up 76 goals and 74 assists for 149 career points, including winning 60 percent of his career face offs. He was a two-time Old Dominion Athletic Conference selection (2010-11), a USILA Pre-Season All-American (2010), a two-time USILA All-American (2010-2011) and a USILA Scholar All-American (2011). His teams won two ODAC Championships in 2010 and 2011, made three straight NCAA Tournament appearances from 2009-2011 and made the NCAA Final Four in 2011.
Keeley received his Bachelor's degree in business administration from Roanoke College in 2011 and his Master of Business Administration from Frostburg State University in 2014.