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Saturday, July 27th, 2024

at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
For table sponsorship info: Call David Thetford – 806-777-0677
or send an email request to: [email protected]

Jimmie Keeling

Class of 2016

Jimmie Keeling

Jimmie Keeling has yet to skip a beat in his 56 years as a football coach. He was Estacado High School’s head coach from 1967 to 1969. In 1968 Keeling led the team to become the first Texas High School to win the title AAA State Championship in its first year of varsity competition.Keeling provided his unrivaled leadership at Coronado High School from 1972-1975. For his 35 years as a high school coach with a 196-91-11 career record, Keeling was inducted into the 1995 Texas High School Coaches Association Hall of Honor. Former Lubbock ISD Athletic Director Pete Ragus recognized Keeling’s achievements when he summarized his method - “Head Coach Jimmie Keeling assembled a staff, and then provided the discipline, focus, strategy, and goals for this team to win it all.”Other high schools he coached at include Elgin High School, Andrews High School, Lamar Consolidated High School, San Angelo Central High School and John Tyler High School.Keeling began coaching at the collegiate level at Hardin Simmons University in 1990, where he would coach until his retirement in 2010. During his time at Hardin Simmons, his football team was in the National Playoffs (NAIA or NCAA Division III) eleven times. His impressive career won/loss record of 172-53 earned him the 2003 Head Football Coaching Award by the All-American Football Foundation. Furthermore, he was presented with the Grant Teaff Lifetime Achievement Award by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes in 2004.Keeling has also served as the Director and President of the Texas High School Coaches Association. In 2011 he was inducted into the Hardin Simmons University Hall of Fame.
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