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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.”
McKeethan 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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