Santa Clara hires UCLA's Keating as head coach

Updated: April 6, 2007, 8:43 PM ET
Associated Press

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Santa Clara named UCLA's Kerry Keating its men's basketball coach Friday. He replaces Dick Davey, who is retiring after 15 seasons.

Keating, 35, served as assistant coach at UCLA for four seasons, including the Bruins' back-to-back runs to the Final Four in 2006 and 2007. UCLA posted a 91-41 record during Keating's tenure.

He becomes the 14th head coach of the Broncos in the team's 100-year history, and only the fifth head coach since Bob Feerick helmed the program in 1950, the university said.

Davey, the West Coast Conference coach of the year, led the Broncos to three straight WCC championships in the mid-1990s and a 251-190 overall record. He served as assistant coach for 15 years before taking the head coaching job, where he became known for his personable style and trademark argyle sweaters.

Keating got his start as a student assistant coach at Seton Hall in 1993. He worked in various assistant positions at Wake Forest, Appalachian State, Vanderbilt, Tulsa and Tennessee before joining the UCLA squad.


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