Coach Keating has just completed his 7th year as head coach of the Belmont Abbey men’s soccer program. The fall 2017 season marked his best season yet with a season record of 9-5-1, and a conference quarter-final berth. The team ended the season in 3rd position in the Conference Carolinas. Five players were awarded All-Conference honors, and Pat Kibler was awarded conference Defender of the Year. Coach Keating himself was recognized by his peers as conference Coach of the Year.
Coach Keating hails from Johannesburg, South Africa where he played his youth soccer at St. Benedict’s and Bedfordview Country Club. He played men’s amateur soccer starting at age 16 and then moved with his mentor Terry Paine (Southampton and England ’66) to the South African professional leagues (NSL) where he played for Wits U. During this same period, he spent time with Coventry City, who was at that point in the top tier of English football.
In 1988, he joined the West Virginia University team and enjoyed a successful Division I experience in the Big East, claiming Atlantic-10 All Region honors, team captain (junior and senior year) and is 5th All-Time scorer on the Mountaineer record books. Since then, coach Keating has coached at numerous colleges most notably State University of New York- Fredonia and Warren Wilson College. Between college coaching roles, he spent a decade as the Director of Coaching and Executive Director of small and large clubs in the Midwest. In 2009 he helped merge Gladiator Soccer Club and Arsenal Soccer Club into a mega-club of 5,000 patrons, and named the new club Omaha F.C.
Coach felt a calling to get back to college soccer in 2011 when he learned of the good work being done at Belmont Abbey College under its president Dr. Bill Thierfelder. “I felt that God was calling me work with young men again, to help them grow and become the best versions of themselves”, says Keating about his decision to move his wife Toni, and four children from Omaha to Charlotte. “I have never looked back. It has been a blessed time and I have been deeply and positively impacted by the players under my care.”