By Sean Greene 12:29pm, January 23, 2014Former University of Delaware head coach K.C. Keeler has been named the new head coach at Sam Houston State University in Texas.
Keeler, who led the Blue Hens to three Division I-AA national championship games including the 2003 title, was fired by his alma mater after the 5-6 2012 season. He spent 11 years in Newark posting a record of 86-52. He only reached the playoffs once (the 2010 title game) in his last five seasons.
Sam Houston State played in the 2011 and 2012 title tilts, losing both times to North Dakota State. In 2013 they won a first round game before being eliminated.
In a statement released by SHSU Keeler said: "I knew a little bit about Sam Houston before visiting for the interview. But after doing some research about the University, I was amazed to find that Sam Houston is a hidden gem. Meeting with the administration, the athletic staff and members of the university community, I was so impressed. With an ever-growing enrollment, outstanding academic and athletic programs and an energized alumni base, Sam Houston a perfect fit for me."
Keeler added: "Becoming part of the Southland Conference and coming to Texas also is an exciting opportunity," Keeler said. "To know that within a three-and-a-half hour radius of my front door step is enough talent to win a national championship is tremendous. My wife and I are headed to Huntsville and are ready to hit the ground running with recruiting."
The Emmaus (Pa.) High School product spent the 2013 football season assisting at NFL films and calling games for the internet-based ESPN3 service.
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