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Division III notes: Keeling coaches 500th game

Oct 27, 2008 10:09:49 AM

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Jimmy Keeling already had coached 298 games and secured a place in Texas high school football history by claiming a state championship when he agreed in 1990 to resurrect the long-dormant sport at Hardin-Simmons.

Saturday, the 73-year-old Keeling coached the 500th game of his 50-year coaching career, counting high school games as well as his 202 games as the Cowboys’ mentor.

Keeling’s first Hardin-Simmons team won three games, but since then the Cowboys have claimed another 153 victories (including Saturday’s 55-10 victory over Sul Ross State) and are enjoying a 17-year streak of winning seasons.

A few days before the game, he attributed his success through the years to good players and an ability to adjust to changes in the game.

“The game was in a lot of ways much simpler when I started,” Keeling said. “Bud Wilkinson and the Split T was popular then and you basically had 11 guys right in a wad. You could blow up the whole bunch with a tiny stick of dynamite. Now formations are spread from sideline to sideline….

“I think you have to change. The fundamental things don’t change; the blocking and tackling don’t change. The way you do it scheme-wise and the way you teach it has changed. If you don’t change you are going to be left out.”

He fondly recalls players from through the years.

“We have guys that have become doctors, lawyers, ministers, veterinarians, Navy Seals, Army Rangers, dentists, police officers and all walks of life,” he said. “We also have over 120 guys that are in coaching at the collegiate and high school levels.”

Stevenson coach joins U.S. lacrosse staff

Fifth-year Stevenson men’s lacrosse coach Paul Cantabene will assist with the U.S. men’s lacrosse team at the 2010 world championships in England – making him one of two coaches from the Capital Athletic Conference who will be involved in the upcoming international competition.

Cantabene, a former Loyola (Maryland) all-American, assisted with teams at Johns Hopkins, Towson and Maryland before taking the reins at Stevenson. He joins a national-team staff headed by Bryant and former Duke coach Mike Pressler.

Cantabene may find himself looking across the field at a league coaching foe during the competition in Manchester, England. Wesley’s Christian Zwickert recently was selected to serve as head coach for Poland’s new national team.

Milestone: Dallas

David Hoffmann collected his 100th victory in men’s soccer when Dallas defeated Dallas Christian October 21. The win was his 67th at Dallas, where he became head coach in 2003 after leading the team at Schreiner for four seasons.

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