Kerry Keating, one of the hardest working recruiters in the nation, enters his fourth season as a UCLA assistant coach. Before coming to the Bruins, Keating for two years (2002-03) was an assistant on Buzz Peterson's staff at Tennessee.
In 2005, Rivals.com tapped Keating as one of the nation's Top 25 collegiate recruiters. In the summer of 2004, he was featured in a USA Today article about the rigors of college basketball recruiting. With a respected knowledge of technology and its use in recruiting, Keating has been featured in recent articles on such in both the Los Angeles Times and The Chronicle of Higher Education, in addition to serving as a frequent clinician on the topic. In 2003, scout.com named Keating the "most high tech" assistant in the nation. In the 2003-04 Athlon Sports College Basketball Preseason Magazine, Keating was named one of the Top 10 assistant coaches in the U. S. His recruiting efforts helped UCLA in 2004 earn the nation's No. 4 (Rivals.com) incoming freshman class and in 2005 the No. 13 (Scout.com) recruiting class. "Kerry possesses a range of knowledge, has many contacts and has a known energy that has helped him develop a reputation as a tireless recruiter," said Bruin head coach Ben Howland.
During his two seasons (2002-03) at Tennessee, Keating helped the Volunteers land top-ranked recruiting classes -- highlighted in 2003 by freshman C.J. Watson (Las Vegas, Nev.), 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.
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, N.C. During those two years, the Mountaineers were 44-17 overall, won two regular season conference titles, made two appearances in the Southern Conference championship game and earned a 2000 NCAA berth. At ASU, he worked with backcourt players and was also responsible for on-campus recruiting and scheduling. Keating helped aid in the development of Tyson Patterson, the 2000 Southern Conference Player of the Year.
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. In all, Keating and Peterson, now the Head Coach at Coastal Carolina, worked together at four different schools.
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. With the Pirates, Keating helped produce two All-Big East guards, Shaheen Holloway and LaVell Sanders, along with current Chicago Bull Adrian Griffin.
From 1993-94, Keating was an administrative assistant under Dave Odom at Wake Forest. The Demon Deacons, led by Randolph Childress and Tim Duncan, 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. Carlesimo's Pirates during the 1989-90 season. Keating 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, N.J., 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.
Always dapper on the sidelines, Keating in 2003 and again in 2006, was named by CollegeInsider.com's Angelo Lento as the nation's best dressed collegiate assistant coach. He finished No. 2 in that category in 2004 and 2005. Keating also frequently contributes columns to the website.
Keating, 35, was born on July 15, 1971 in Stoughton, Mass., and was raised in Rockville Centre, N.Y. He attended high school at Archbishop Molloy and graduated from Seton Hall Prep. His father, Larry, is one of the country's top collegiate athletic administrators. Currenty a senior associate athletic director at Kansas, he was Athletic Director at Seton Hall University from 1985-97 and also served as the Associate Commissioner of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) in Edison, N.J.