Chris Keen, a former collegiate and beach volleyball player who spent the past two seasons as a volunteer assistant at Florida, enters his first season as an assistant coach with the Gators.
Keen will be involved in all aspects of the Florida program.
During his time as a volunteer assistant, Keen worked directly with Florida’s defensive specialists and helped coordinate the team’s sand volleyball training during the spring. Under Keen’s direction from 2009-10, senior libero Elyse Cusack became the Southeastern Conference’s all-time career digs leader with 2,138 career scoops. She earned AVCA Honorable Mention All-America honors in each of her two seasons working with Keen and was named to the 2009 NCAA All-Region Team.
Keen joined the Gators in August 2008 after serving as a club coach with On-Court Volleyball (Suwanee, Ga.) since November 2007.
Prior to that, Keen was an assistant coach for one season at Georgia Southern, where he assisted former Gator and then-GSU head coach Nicole McCray (1998-02). They led the Eagles to a quarterfinal appearance in the Southern Conference Tournament, the program’s sixth consecutive season with a record at or above .500.
Keen joined McCray at Georgia Southern after the two spent the 2005 campaign on the staff of former Florida player and then-UGA head coach Steffi Legall (1990-91). He served as a volunteer assistant coach with the Bulldogs.
Keen, an experienced beach volleyball player, has been a part of the East End Volleyball tour since 2005. He also played on the Extreme Volleyball Professionals Tour and participated in his first AVP qualifier in Chicago in 2008. He continued his play with the AVP this past spring.
Keen was a three-year letterwinner at the University of Findlay (Findlay, Ohio) from 2003-05. As a player, he set a new single-season school record in 2005 with 1,376 assists and led the team with 12.07 assists per game. He also was third on the team with 28 service aces. He was a two-time member of the MIVA All-Academic team, while majoring in marketing.
Keen is a native of Indianapolis, Ind., where he lettered in volleyball and soccer at Cathedral High School. He helped lead his team to a state title in 1999 and was named Indiana’s Most Valuable Player that year.
Out of high school, Keen served as a student assistant coach at Marshall University and had stints at Gibonsburg and Findlay High Schools and at his alma mater and perennial power Cathedral.
Keen earned his bachelor’s degree in business (marketing) from Findlay in May 2005.
Keen At A Glance
Hometown: Indianapolis, Ind.
College Degree: B.S. Business (Marketing), Findlay, 2005
- Student Assistant Coach, Marshall University, 1999-2001
- Assistant Coach, Cathedral High School, 2002
- Head JV Coach and Assistant Varsity Coach, Gibonsburg High School, 2003
- Head JV Coach and Assistant Varsity Coach, Findlay High School, 2004
- Volunteer Assistant Coach, University of Georgia, 2005
- Assistant Coach, Georgia Southern, 2006
- Coach, On-Court Volleyball (Suwanee, Ga.), 2007-08
- Volunteer Assistant Coach, University of Florida, 2008-2010
- Assistant Coach, University of Florida, 2010-Present
- Findlay, 2003-05