Former Don has led the athletic program at his alma mater for the last 15 years

Mike Keeney

Loyola Blakefield athletic director Mike Keeney, a 1965 graduate of Blakefield, has announced that the he will retire from his position at his alma mater at the conclusion of the current school year.

“The landscape of interscholastic sports at the middle and high school levels is always evolving,” said Keeney. “Over the past 15 years, we have seen increased participation among our student body, a greater emphasis on the safety of student-athletes, and some very exciting enhancements to our facilities.”

Keeney spent 25 years in the manufacturing business prior to serving as a College Counselor at Loyola in 1998. He coached soccer, basketball and lacrosse on the middle school and JV levels, beginning in 1993. He has also taught 8th eighth-grade English for the past 20 years.

“Serving Loyola has been one of the greatest pleasures of my life. Attending Loyola as a student had a profound impact on me, and the opportunity to serve my alma mater is one I have never taken for granted.”

Loyola principal John Marinacci praised Keeney.

“Mike emphasizes the ideals of Loyola first and has inspired others to understand that the name on the front of the jersey matters most, and how you represent the school is so much more impactful than what the scoreboard can tell you,” said Marinacci. “That is one of the things that we’ll miss about Mike’s style and what we hope to continue to foster in our athletics program.”

Keeney’s retirement will be effective June 30, 2018, but he plans to continue coaching and remain involved with Loyola Athletics on a part-time basis. A search for Loyola Blakefield’s new Director of Athletics will be underway starting this fall.