George Keogan


George Keogan

George E. Keogan (March 8, 1890February 17, 1943) was an American collegiate basketball coach, most known for coaching 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 (1910-11) followed by Riverside High School (1911-12). Meanwhile he was also coaching several college basketball teams: Charles City College in Iowa (1909-1910), Superior State Teachers College in Wisconsin (1912-14), Saint Louis University (1914-15) and the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota (1915-16). During World War I he served at Great Lakes Naval Training Station.

After briefly coaching Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania (1917-18) and Valparaiso University (1918-20), 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. After he died at age 52, his greatest player and fellow Hall of Famer Moose Krause took over his job.


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