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Most familiarly known for his name appearing on the tennis courts at Bowling Green, Bob Keefe spent 23 years as a professor at the university, becoming the school''s first full-time tennis coach in 1955. His teams complied an 83-76 record, including the 1964 Mid-American Conference championship (BGSU tied Miami(OH) for the league title). That team also posted an undefeated record in 15 dual matches. Between 1962-64, his teams complied a 34-5 dual match record.

In 1980, the tennis facility at Bowling Green was named in his honor. While coaching at BGSU, Keefe was also a full-time professor in the health, physical education and recreation department. Keefe served as the Dean of the College of Education for six years upon his retirement from coaching.

A World War II Naval veteran, Keefe once held aspirations of becoming a professional tennis player before deciding to go to college. Shortly after taking a teaching job at the University of Saskatchewan, he was drawn to an opening at Bowling Green, both for the opportunity to coach tennis, and to "teach future teachers". A bit of Canada stuck with him, however, as he established the BG Curling Club.

Keefe was inducted to the BG Athletic Hall of Fame in 1997, and was named an honorary alumnus in 1998. He passed away at the age of 87 on December 30, 2005 in Bowling Green.

(Some information courtesy The Toledo Blade and BGSU.)
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