LAS CRUCES, N.M. – Head football coach Doug Martin announced
Monday that Kevin McKeethan has been named the team’s new tight ends coach. He
will also serve as the program’s academic liaison.
“Kevin is a
really creative and intelligent football coach and has paid his dues with me,
having been a graduate assistant at Kent State,” Martin said. “I was really
impressed with him at Kent State and always knew that I would hire him
somewhere down the road and this is a great opportunity. Kevin relates very
well with the players and has great interest in their academic life, so he will
coordinate our academic resources with the players as well. This is a
tremendous hire for New Mexico State.”
“"I am extremely excited and honored to join Coach
Martin and his staff at New Mexico State,” McKeethan said. “Through my experience working for Coach Martin in the past,
I understand the success he has had as a head coach and know the type of man he
is.I firmly believe in his vision for
the Aggie football program and in him as the leader of it.The New Mexico State football program and
players have so much potential, and I am very grateful for the opportunity to work
hard every day to achieve the type of success that our players, our university,
and our community will be proud of.”
begins his second year with the Aggie coaching staff. In 2012, he served as a
graduate assistant coach on offense, working with the quarterbacks and
assisting the offensive coordinator.
McKeethan spent the 2011 season as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks
coach at Greensboro College in North Carolina. There he mentored freshman
quarterback Ryan Throndset to all-conference honors, where the freshman
compiled the best completion percentage in school history, as well as top five
marks in attempts, passing yardage and total offense. McKeethan coached
four first-year players to the all-conference squad in 2011, including first
team receiver Dexter Russell, who set a school record for receiving yards in a
game. The offensive system that McKeethan utilized is a mirror image of
the Aggies' offense. He learned the system while working with McManus and
Doug Martin for four years at Kent State. McKeethan served as a graduate
assistant for the Golden Flashes from 2007 to 2010, where he was responsible
for coaching the scout teams, film breakdowns, out-of-area recruiting and
assisting with coaching the quarterbacks and wide receivers. In 2010, he
worked with All-MAC receivers Tyshon Goode and Sam Kirkland.
McKeethan earned a master's degree in sports and recreational management from
Kent State in 2010. In 2007, he earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics
from Maryville College. While attending Maryville, McKeethan was a letter
winner as a quarterback in football, as well as in baseball, earning the
top offensive player award in 2005 and helped lead the team to a conference
title in 2007.
He was a
three-year academic all-conference selection and seven-time member of the
Maryville College Dean's List. A native of Oak Ridge, Tenn., he began his
coaching career at Oak Ridge High School in 2006.
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