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Class 4A Coach of the Year, Rick Keeley, Berks Catholic

Written by: on Thursday, December 29th, 2016. Follow David Mika on Twitter.

 

Going into the 2016 season, Berks Catholic moved up two classes to 4A and head football coach Rick Keeley just finished another successful season at 12-2 and won another district championship (third in four years).

“I knew 2016 could be a special season for us,” said Keeley. “In the spring last year Doug Dahns (Wilson Head Football Coach) called me about doing a scrimmage. I took that as a huge compliment. They are the team to beat in Berks County. The way we played in that scrimmage against Wilson, which I think is a great football program, I knew we could be competitive against anybody in the state.”

Keeley began his long coaching career at St. Pius X in 1976. He moved to Holy Name High School in 1978. He was an assistant before becoming head coach in 1986. Reading Central Catholic and Holy Name merged to start the 2011-12 school years as Berks Catholic High School.

He has been head coach at Berks Catholic since 2011 with an record of 65-12 and 31 out of the 41 years coaching as a head coach.

“I am blessed with a great staff and most of them have played for me. They believe in the system we run. I use a quote that all the kids know, Respect all and fear none.”

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