Frank Keaney

Frank Keaney

Frank W. Keaney (June 5, 1886–October 10, 1967) was a college men's basketball coach and known as the architect of modern "run-and-shoot" basketball.

Keaney was a native of Boston, Massachusetts, and attended Cambridge Latin School, graduating in 1906. He graduated from Bates College, where he played several sports, in 1911. He coached at Rhode Island State College (now the University of Rhode Island) from 1920 to 1948 and taught a style of basketball using a fast-breaking offense and a full-court defense. In his 28 years at Rhode Island, Keaney never had a losing season. In 1939, Keaney's Rams became the first college team to score more than 50 points per game, and in 1943 the team had an average of more than two points per minute (80.7 points per game), which led to the Rams being dubbed "The Firehouse Gang." During his tenure the URI team had four National Invitation Tournament appearances. Keaney's career record was 401-124 (.764).

After retiring from coaching collegiate basketball, Keaney almost became head coach of the Boston Celtics. Keaney's doctor, however, refused to let him take the job. He remained as Rhode Island State/URI's athletic director until 1959. URI named the Frank W. Keaney Gymnasium-Armory in his honor in 1953. Keaney was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1960.

External links

* [http://www.hoophall.com/halloffamers/Keaney.htm Official profile] from the Basketball Hall of Fame
* [http://www.bates.edu/x118115.xml Biographic profile] from Bates College


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