George Keogan
Biographical details
Born(1890-03-08)March 8, 1890
Minnesota Lake, Minnesota
DiedFebruary 17, 1943(1943-02-17) (aged 52)
South Bend, Indiana
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1912–1914Superior Normal
1915–1916Saint Louis
1917–1918St. Thomas (MN)
1923–1943Notre Dame
1915Saint Louis
1917St. Thomas (MN)
1924Notre Dame (freshmen)
1924–1926Notre Dame
1930–1933Notre Dame
Head coaching record
Overall414–127–3 (basketball)
19–12–1 (football)
81–66–3 (baseball)
Basketball Hall of Fame
Inducted in 1961 (profile)
College Basketball Hall of Fame
Inducted in 2006

George E. Keogan (March 8, 1890 – February 17, 1943) was an American football, basketball, and baseball coach, most known for coaching basketball at the University of Notre Dame from 1923 to 1943. Keogan never had a losing season in his 20 years at Notre Dame.

The Minnesota Lake, Minnesota native attended University of Minnesota from 1909 to 1913. He began coaching high school varsities after his freshman year in college, guiding first Lockport High School (1910–1911) followed by Riverside High School (1911–1912). Meanwhile, he was also coaching several college basketball teams: Charles City College in Iowa (1909–1910), Superior State Teachers College in Wisconsin (1912–1914), Saint Louis University (1914–15) and the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota (1917–1918). During World War I he served at Great Lakes Naval Training Station. After briefly coaching Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania (1919–1920) and Valparaiso, Keogan arrived at University of Notre Dame. He served as head basketball and baseball coach, as well as assistant to the legendary football coach Knute Rockne. Keogan compiled a 327–96–1 at Notre Dame.

Keogan died on February 17, 1943, of a heart attack at his home in South Bend, Indiana.[1] After his death, Moose Krause took over his job as Notre Dame's head basketball coach. Keogan was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1961 and the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006.

Head coaching record


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Saint Louis Billikens (Independent) (1915)
1915 Saint Louis 5–4–1
Saint Louis: 5–4–1
St. Thomas Cadets (Independent) (1917)
1917 St. Thomas 4–2
St. Thomas: 4–2
Valparaiso Crusaders (Independent) (1919–1920)
1919 Valparaiso 5–3
1920 Valparaiso 5–3
Valparaiso: 10–6
Total: 19–12–1


  1. ^ "Notre Dame Coach, George Keogan, Dies; Veteran Baseketball Mentor Suffers Fatal Heart Attack While Reading Paper". The Milwaukee Journal. Associated Press. February 18, 1943. Retrieved January 29, 2014.