Dan Keating enters his sixth overall season and fifth as associate head coach of the Hawks for Spring 2017, where he serves as the recruiting coordinator and offensive coordinator.
In five years at Saint Joseph's, Keating has helped guide the Hawks to a 45-34 record, including three-straight seasons with 11-plus wins, as well as 28 All-Northeast Conference selections.
Keating has developed three consecutive NEC Offensive Player of the Year selections in Mike Rastivo (2016, 2015) and Ryan McGee (2014), as well as the 2016 NEC Player of the Year in Rastivo and the 2015 NEC Rookie of the Year, Chris Blewitt. Additionally, under Keating’s direction, the Hawks saw history made as Rastivo earned USILA/Nike All-American Honorable Mention accolades, marking the first All-American recognition in program history.
In 2016, Keating helped guide Saint Joseph’s to a 12-win season, matching the highest single-season win total in program history. The Hawks ranked second in the nation in both scoring margin (4.44 goals per game) and shot percentage (36.1%) and ranked in the nation's top 15 in scoring defense, winning percentage, face-off winning percentage, clearing percentage, points per game, man-down defense, assists per game, and scoring offense.
In their third season in the NEC, the Hawks earned a 5-1 regular-season league record to earn a share of the NEC regular-season title and to earn the right to host the NEC Tournament as the top seed for the third consecutive year; SJU reached its second NEC title game in as many years as the program earned its second postseason win since 2007.
On the cusp of breaking into the Top 20 all season, Saint Joseph’s received votes in the national polls on six different occasions in 2016.
In 2015, Saint Joseph’s turned in 11 wins, matching the second-highest single-season win total in program history. The Hawks led the nation in man-down defense (.800) for the second consecutive year and ranked in the top 15 in scoring defense, caused turnovers per game, clearing percentage, man-up offense, scoring margin, and winning percentage. For the second consecutive year, the Hawks went undefeated in the month of April.
Under Keating's guidance, the Hawks ranked 12th nationally in both scoring margin and man-up offense and 24th in scoring offense to lead the NEC in all three categories. In their second season in the NEC, the Hawks once again went 6-0 in the league's regular season to clinch the NEC regular-season title and earn the right to host the NEC Tournament as the top seed. The Hawks concluded the NEC regular season undefeated for the second consecutive year and earned its first postseason win since 2007.
In 2014, one of the most historic seasons in SJU men’s lacrosse history, Keating led Saint Joseph’s 2014 squad to increases in all major offensive categories. SJU saw its overall goal production increase by an astounding 4.65 goals per game, as the Hawks improved from 6.48 goals per outing in 2013 to 11.13 goals per game in 2014.
Under Keating’s direction, SJU totaled 167 overall goals, 64 more than the previous season, and improved upon its Extra Man Offense by 43 points. The Hawks concluded the season ranked 10th nationally in scoring margin, 19th in shot percentage, and 20th in scoring offense. Saint Joseph’s led the NEC in all three categories.
Saint Joseph’s finished the 2014 season with an overall record of 11-4 as the program more than doubled its winning percentage from 2013 (.313) to 2014 (.733); at the time, those numbers of wins and winning percentage were second-best only to the 2000 team in program history.
Inside Lacrosse magazine tagged SJU as the national leader of Most Improved Offenses with a 10.4 percentage improvement rating from 2013 to 2014 while LaxPower’s computer rankings saw Saint Joseph’s atop the charts in changes in record, power ratings, and PR rank. The Hawks led the nation in man-down defense (.793), ranked in the top ten in scoring defense, scoring margin, and winning percentage, and set a then-new record for lowest goals-against average in program history (8.15).
The Hawks went 5-0 throughout the month of April to become the first team in program history to win every game in April and owned two five-game winning streaks throughout the season, never losing back-to-back games at any point.
In their inaugural season in the NEC, Keating helped the Hawks to a 6-0 league record to clinch the NEC regular-season title and earn the right to host the NEC Tournament as the top seed. One of those NEC victories came in the form of a 9-7 win over #12/11 Bryant, the Saint Joseph's men's lacrosse program's first ever win over a nationally ranked opponent. SJU also scored a season-high 21 goals – the most goals scored by SJU in a single game since 2000 – in a victory over Sacred Heart and downed Hobart on the road in the regular-season finale to set a new program record for consecutive road wins in a single season with six.
In 2012, Keating helped SJU increase its overall goal production by nearly two goals an outing (6.75), and the Extra Man Offense nearly doubled its conversion percentage (.304), good for a 17-spot improvement in the national polls. In 2013, Keating coached SJU’s offensive unit to an increase in overall goals.
Keating comes from Lehigh University, where he worked as the extra man offensive coordinator and assistant offensive coordinator. In 2011, the Lehigh Extra Man Unit finished ninth in the country in terms of scoring percentage and second in the Patriot League in terms of goals scored. As the assistant offensive coordinator, Keating helped develop the Lehigh offense that finished the 2011 season averaging 10.44 goals per game.
Prior to joining the Mountain Hawks’ staff, Keating served as the head coach at Malvern Prep. In 2010, Malvern won the regular season Inter-Ac Championship. Under his leadership, Malvern produced two High-School All-Americans, one Underarmour All-American, three All-State players, and five All Inter-Ac First Team selections.
In addition to coaching at Malvern Prep, Keating has also served as the head coach at St. Joseph's Prep and The Taft School. During his three years at St. Joseph's Prep, his teams compiled a record of 61-22, including a 4-3 record in the Pennsylvania state playoffs. While at St. Joseph's Prep, Keating coached 24 All-Catholic First Team players, three of whom earned All-State honors.
A 1999 graduate of Duke University, Keating was a member of three NCAA Tournament teams, including the Blue Devils' 1997 squad that reached the NCAA Final Four. Keating was a member of the ACC Academic Honor Roll and earned his master's degree in Secondary Education from Saint Joseph's University.
Keating is the founder and owner of Keating Lacrosse Clinics, LLC, which focuses on teaching the fundamentals of the game to aspiring youth lacrosse players. He, his wife, Kristin, and son, Daniel, reside in Philadelphia.
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