Huntsville, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Sam Houston State football stood one win
shy of winning the FCS championship following the 2011 and '12 seasons.
The Bearkats are hoping K.C. Keeler, who won the 2003 national title at the
University of Delaware, can help them get to the final step.
Keeler was named Sam Houston State's 15th head football coach on Thursday.
He brings a 174-73-1 career record to the Southland Conference power,
succeeding Willie Fritz, who departed the Bearkats earlier this month to become
Georgia Southern's head coach.
"This is a tremendously exciting opportunity for me and my family," Keeler
said. "We're coming to an institution that not only has enjoyed outstanding
football success recently, but also is growing as an academic institution."
Keeler emerged from five finalists for the Sam Houston State position. The
FootballScoop coaching website had reported Tuesday night that former Northwest
Missouri State coach Mel Tjeerdsma would become the next Bearkats' head coach.
While Tjeersdma won three Division II national titles and appeared in four
other championship games at Northwest Missouri State, it's hard to argue with
Keeler's succeess. Besides leading Delaware to the FCS national championship in
2003, the Blue Hens reached the title game in 2007 and 2010. In addition, he
led Rowan University to five appearances in the Division III national
Sam Houston posted a 9-5 record last season, making its third straight
appearance in the FCS playoffs.
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