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STLCC Hires Former Pro Player to Coach Men's Soccer
December 22, 2011
|Former professional soccer player Dan O'Keefe is
the new coach of the STLCC men's soccer team.
St. Louis Community College announced the hiring of Dan O’Keefe as the Archers’ new head men’s soccer coach Wednesday (Dec. 21).
This will be O’Keefe’s second coaching stint with St. Louis Community College. Following the conclusion of his playing career in 1994, O’Keefe coached the women’s team at Florissant Valley.
In recent years, O’Keefe has been active in working with youth soccer, and has worked with the Scott Gallagher Soccer Club for the past 15 years.
O’Keefe has deep soccer roots in the St. Louis area. He graduated from McCluer High School, where he scored 39 goals as a senior in 1979, a mark that was the fourth-highest in Missouri high school history at the time. After playing collegiately at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, O’Keefe played professionally for six different teams in 10 years, including the 1992-93 season with the St. Louis Ambush. O’Keefe led the National Indoor Soccer Association in scoring during the 1989 season with the Indiana Kick.
O’Keefe takes over a program that just completed a 6-12 season under Mike Mayberry, who coached at STLCC for three years.
The 2012 version of the STLCC soccer team will look markedly different from this past year, as the program graduated 13 sophomores.
O’Keefe is confident he can make STLCC a winning program again, and believes he has plenty of time to find the players he needs.
“It begins immediately,” O’Keefe said of the recruiting timetable. “Some of the (high school) kids won’t know until around graduation that they aren’t going to be able to go to the four-year college they want to go to. There could be other situations – economics, other scholarships, going away from home – players at a junior college will be available until August. That’s been my experience.”
When looking for a replacement for Mayberry, O’Keefe’s experience and local roots made him a logical choice, said athletic director Johnna Kinney.
“I was very happy,” Kinney said. “We did not want a long search because of the time. We’re already past signing date. To know that someone with his experience and being familiar with the area, having coached here at the collegiate level plus with the club experience, it was a godsend.”