Eugene, Or. – The University of Oregon Men’s Lacrosse Team is proud to announce the hiring of Phil Keebler as its newest head coach. This news is the fruition of a nationwide coaching search that spanned several months.
“We are extremely excited about this hiring. Coach Keebler brings a high level of knowledge and expertise to the position; we believe he can take the program to another level in regards to both level of play and administrative efficiency,” says Ryan O’Rourke, the team’s head administrator.
Keebler is a 2009 graduate of Sonoma State University where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy. As a player for the Seawolves, Keebler was a three time MCLA All-American, earning First Team distinction in 2008. Additionally, Keebler was named an Academic All American on multiple occasions and was honored as his team’s MVP at the end of his senior season.
Since his graduation, Keebler has held several coaching positions, starting with an assistant coaching job at The Hill School in Philadelphia. He has also coached for Starz Lacrosse and most recently at Carmel High School in Carmel, California.
In the past year Keebler lead Carmel High, his alma mater, to a league championship, the first in school history. The University of Oregon’s newest coach also has extensive professional experience in the lacrosse industry, having worked for both Adrenaline Lacrosse and Rhino Lacrosse.
“I am very honored to have been named the head coach of the University of Oregon men’s lacrosse team. I am looking forward to the opportunity to both continue and build on the tradition of success established by the players, the alumni, and the coaches that came before me. I embrace the challenge of the task at hand. I am very excited to get to work,” said Keebler with respect to his newest coaching position.
The new coach is excited to a different perspective to the Pacific Northwest’s premier collegiate lacrosse program and hopes to further the team’s image in the lacrosse world.
The Ducks kick off their season against Simon Fraser University at home on February 13.
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