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
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