- Spec Keene
College coach infobox
Name = Roy S. "Spec" Keene
imagesize = 120px
Caption = Keene in 1928
July 1 1894
DateOfDeath = death date and age|1977|8|24|1894|7|1
Sport = Football
OverallRecord = 84-51-6
Northwest Conferencechampionship 1929, 1942
Coach = Y
CoachYears = 1926–1942
CoachTeams = Willamette
Roy S. "Spec" Keene (
July 1 1894– August 24 1977) was a football, baseball, and basketballcoach at Willamette Universityand an athletic directorat Oregon State University.
Keene graduated from
Oregon State Universityin 1921, where he was a pitcher on the baseball team, and was chosen as team captain in his junior year.cite web|url=http://alumni.oregonstate.edu/eclips/carry/feb22_2002.html|title=Beaver eClips: Amazing Beavers, 1900–1930|publisher=OSU Alumni Association|date= February 22 2002|accessdate=2007-09-14]
After graduating from Oregon State, Keene signed on with
Willamette University's athletic department, where he would eventually coach three sports: football for 17 years, baseball for 16 years, and basketball for 11 years.cite web|url=http://www.willamette.edu/athletics/hall_of_fame/members/1991/|title=Willamette Athletics Hall of Fame|publisher=Willamette University|accessdate=2007-09-14] Combined, Keene's teams won or shared 19 Northwest Conferencechampionships, and in the 1929-1930 academic year, each of his three teams were undefeated and won Conference championships. Keene is considered the "father of Willamette athletics" and was a charter member of the University's Athletic Hall of Fame in 1991.
Attack on Pearl Harbor
December 6 1941, Keene's football team was in Honolulu, Hawaii, where they lost a game to the University of Hawaii20-6. The following day, the players and fans had intended to do some sightseeing around Hawaii, but instead, were witness to Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor.cite web|url=http://arcweb.sos.state.or.us/exhibits/ww2/threat/pearl.htm|title=Shock and Resolve: Oregon Reacts to Pearl Harbor|publisher=Oregon State Archives|accessdate=2007-09-14] The players, now stranded in Hawaii, were enlisted to string barbed wire on Waikiki Beachand were given rifles and assigned to protect the beach and later the hills above Honolulu. Keene, along with future Oregon governor Douglas McKay, who had traveled with the football team, finally arranged passage home for the players on December 19on an overloaded luxury liner, the " SS President Coolidge". The team arrived in San Franciscoon Christmas Dayafter taking a circuitous route to avoid Japanese submarines. In 1997, the entire team was inducted into Willamette's Athletic Hall of Fame.cite web|url=http://www.willamette.edu/athletics/hall_of_fame/members/1997/|title=Willamette Athletics Hall of Fame|publisher=Willamette University|accessdate=2007-09-14]
Return to Oregon State
World War II, in 1947, Keene returned to Oregon State to serve as athletic director. He served in that post for 26 years, the longest tenure of any Oregon State athletic director.cite web|url=http://www.osubeavers.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=4700&KEY=&ATCLID=188614|publisher=OSUBeavers.com|title=Oregon State University Sports Hall of Fame|accessdate=2007-09-14] During his term, he oversaw construction of the University's two major sports facilities: Gill Coliseumin 1949 and Parker Stadium(later renamed Reser Stadium) in 1953. Keene was President of the Pacific Coast ConferenceAthletics Directors Association and served on the executive committee of the NCAA.
In 1989, Willamette University built a new baseball stadium, which they named Roy S. "Spec" Keene Stadium. In addition to the Willamette University Athletic Hall of Fame, Keene was inducted into the
Oregon Sports Hall of Famein 1982 for his coaching,cite web|url=http://www.oregonsportshall.com/inductee/roll/coaching.htm|title=Coaching|publisher=Oregon Sports Hall of Fame and Museum|accessdate=2007-09-14] and the Oregon State University Sports Hall of Fame in 1991 for his service as athletic director. He died in Corvallis on August 24 1977.
Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.
Look at other dictionaries:
Willamette University — Infobox University name = Willamette University native name = image size = 200px caption = latin name = motto = Non nobis solum nati sumus (usually translated as Not unto ourselves alone are we born ) tagline = The First University in the West… … Wikipedia
Reser Stadium — Infobox Stadium stadium name = Reser Stadium nickname = location = SW 26th St. and SW Western Blvd., Corvallis, Oregon 97331 coordinates = coord|44|33|34.34|N|123|16|53.06|W broke ground = 1952 opened = November 14 1953 renovated = 2005 closed =… … Wikipedia
Bush's Pasture Park — Open field at the park in Spring … Wikipedia
Dan Hawkins (American football) — Dan Hawkins Hawkins in April 2007 Sport(s) Football Biographical details Born November 10, 1960 ( … Wikipedia
Dee Andros — Sport(s) Football Biographical details Born October 17, 1924(1924 10 17) Died October 22, 2003(2003 10 22) (aged& … Wikipedia
Oregon Sports Hall of Fame — Established 1980 Type Hall of fame Director Mike Rose Website … Wikipedia
Mark Speckman — Sport(s) Football Current position Title Head Coach Team Willamette University … Wikipedia
Mitch Barnhart — (born August 27, 1959 in Kansas City, KS) is the athletics director for the Kentucky Wildcats athletics program at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky. Barnhart was hired by the university in 2002 succeeding Larry Ivy. Barnhart… … Wikipedia
William Monahan — Infobox Writer name = William J. Monahan imagesize = 130px caption = William Monahan, at The Departed s Boston Premiere, Loews Boston Common, on October 3, 2006. birthdate = birth date and age|1960|11|3 birthplace = Boston, Massachusetts, United… … Wikipedia
Michigan Wolverines men's track and field — Michigan Wolverines University University of Michigan Conference Big Ten Location Ann Arbor, MI Head Coach … Wikipedia