This story originally appeared in Onward: John Carroll Alumni Magazine, which was mailed in early November. Check your mailbox over the next few weeks to get your copy.
The story of John Carroll athletics in the 2010s is rich with tales of competitive success. In that decade, one coach led two of the most prolific programs, neither of which teams have competed on campus during his tenure.
Before Shaun Keenan took over the John Carroll men’s and women’s tennis programs in 2010, the Blue Streaks were in need of a reboot. JCU had recorded 13 total OAC championships since rejoining the conference in 1989-90. However, the teams were struggling to compete following a clean sweep of the OAC in 2006.
When Keenan was hired, some of the players were on their third coach at John Carroll. Born in New Zealand and raised in Perth, Australia, Keenan played at Wichita State University and did his graduate assistant work at the University of Louisiana. He had a taste of coaching at Louisiana, and was looking for an opportunity to focus more on coaching than teaching.