Blake Keenan was named the next head coach of the Earlham College men’s lacrosse program on May 30, 2019, following a three-year stint on the men's lacrosse staff at North Central College.
“We are excited to have Coach Keenan as the new leader of our men’s lacrosse program. There is no doubt that he is the right person at the right time to take over the reins of the program and build a nationally competitive men’s lacrosse program here at Earlham,” said Julie Kline, Earlham’s senior director of athletics, at the time of Keenan's hire. “Coach Keenan believes in our vision and will bring tremendous energy and passion to our department and the greater Earlham community.”
Keenan directed North Central’s offensive unit and coordinated the program’s recruiting and strength and conditioning efforts. Under Keenan’s tutelage, the Cardinals earned six all-conference awards and five conference player of the week accolades. Keenan helped recruit 33 players to the program for the 2018 and 2019 seasons.
“First off, I want to thank the Earlham athletics family and Julie Kline for making me feel extremely welcome on campus,” said Keenan. “I think my experience at North Central College will directly benefit the program here at Earlham, and I’m extremely excited for the opportunity to lead the Earlham men’s lacrosse program and brand. I think Earlham athletics, and the men’s lacrosse program in particular, are primed for even more success in the future, and I truly can’t wait to get the process started.”
In addition to his coaching duties at North Central, Keenan has been a coach with the New Wave Lacrosse club for both the rising senior and rising freshman teams and managed clinics and youth rec leagues in the Chicago area. He also served as head coach for the rising senior travel team with the Prospect Lacrosse club.
Keenan is a 2017 graduate of Benedictine University with a degree in exercise sports studies, where he was a three-year letterwinner on the men’s lacrosse team. A three-year starter at attack for the Eagles, Keenan finished his career ranked third among Benedictine leaders in career points (101) and career goals (78). He earned Second Team All-Midwest Lacrosse Conference (MLC) in 2015 as a sophomore and was named to the MLC All-Sportsmanship Team in 2016.