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Londonderry resident Rudy Keeling, former Maine and NU coach, dies
The new players were concerned that Keeling would come in and make sweeping changes, but their fears were soon allayed, according to Rossignol.
Smith recalled Keeling for the opportunities he helped the former Foxcroft Academy standout to pursue, both athletically and academically.
“He was a coach who really appreciated effort and loyalty from coach to player and player to coach. He gave me the opportunity to play at the highest level that I could bring my game to.”
“(Keeling) was very fair in how he treated players on and off the court,” Smith recalled. “His fairness, in my case dealt with my pretty demanding educational schedule. He understood the student-athlete aspect was the biggest aspect. He allowed me to miss some practices when I needed the time for my course work.”
“Any time we played he expected that we would do our best to represent the University of Maine,” Rossignol said.Following his time at the University of Maine, Keeling was head coach at Northeastern University for five seasons.
After Northeastern, Keeling served as athletic director at Emerson College in Boston. In May of 2007, he was named the commissioner of the Eastern College Athletic Conference, where he served until this past January.
When Keeling was hired for the ECAC post, he received words of support from Kevin White, current athletic director at Duke, who served as UMaine’s AD from 1987-91.
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