June 4, 2003
Kerry Keating, who for the last two year's has been an assistant on Buzz Peterson's staff at Tennessee, has been hired as a UCLA assistant basketball coach, Bruin head coach Ben Howland announced Wednesday.
A tireless recruiter, during his last two years at Tennessee, Keating helped the Volunteers land top-ranked recruiting classes - highlighted last season by freshman C. J. Watson (Las Vegas, NV), who led the Southeastern Conference in minutes played and was the league leader in assists. In 2002-03, Tennessee was 17-12 overall and advanced to the first round of the NIT.
"Kerry brings a range of knowledge and contacts to UCLA and a known energy that has helped him develop a reputation as a tireless recruiter," Howland said.
Keating has been associated with good coaches and talented players during his 14-year college basketball career. Prior to Tennessee, he spent the 2000-01 season under Peterson at Tulsa in the Western Athletic Conference. That season the Golden Hurricane was 26-11 overall and won the NIT crown.
From 1998-2000, Keating was an assistant coach under Peterson at Appalachian State in Boone, NC. During those two seasons, the Mountaineers were 44-17 overall, won two regular season conference titles, had two appearances in the Southern Conference championship game and a 2000 NCAA berth. Keating was responsible for aiding in the development of Tyson Patterson, the 2000 Southern Conference Player of the Year.
Before his stint at Appalachian State, Keating spent three seasons (1995-98) at his alma mater, Seton Hall, as an assistant coach under George Blaney and Tommy Amaker. While with the Pirates, Keating helped produce two All-Big East guards - Shaheen Holloway and LaVell Sanders.
"I'm very pleased and excited to add Kerry to our staff. Our Bruin staff will have great chemistry - this is an outstanding group of assistant coaches."
-- Head coach Ben Howland
Keating's coaching relationship with Peterson began in the Southeastern Conference at Vanderbilt in 1994-95, when they were both assistants on Jan van Breda Kolff's staff at Vanderbilt.
From 1993-94, Keating was an administrative assistant under Dave Odom at Wake Forest, where he worked with Tim Duncan. The Demon Deacons were 21-12 overall and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
The 1993 Seton Hall graduate was a walk-on for head coach P. J. Carlisemo's Pirates during the 1989-90 season and then began his coaching career the next year when he served as a student assistant coach and video coordinator from 1990-93. During his four years in South Orange, NJ, the Pirates won a total of 88 games and played in the NCAA Tournament each of his last three seasons. In 1991, Seton Hall advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight.
Keating, 31, was born on July 15, 1971 in West Orange, NJ and attended high school at Archbishop Molloy and graduated from Seton Hall Prep. His father, Larry, was Athletic Director at Seton Hall University from 1985-97 and is currently the Associate Commissioner for men's basketball at the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) in Edison, NJ.
"I am extremely excited about the opportunity to work at UCLA with Coach Howland," said Keating. "I look forward to working with the Bruin staff and representing UCLA in a first-class manner.
"I will forever owe a debt of gratitude to Buzz and Jan Peterson," said Keating, who worked with Peterson for six years at four different schools. "The last five years, particularly the last two here at Tennessee, have been very special and I will look back on them with a good feeling in my heart. I am very appreciative to all the people at Tennessee and I know that the direction of the program is moving forward. The leadership in place with Buzz and athletic director Mike Hamilton will ensure success at Tennessee and I'm glad that I was able to be on the ground floor of that foundation."
Keating's hiring completes Howland's UCLA staff. He joins fellow Bruin assistants Donny Daniels and Ernie Zeigler, Director of Operations Chris Carlson, Administrative Assistant Doug Erickson and Basketball Intern Matt Geniesse.
"I'm very pleased and excited to add Kerry to our staff," Howland said. "Our Bruin staff will have great chemistry - this is an outstanding group of assistant coaches."