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Keeler named Sam Houston State football coach

11:22 AM, Jan 23, 2014   |    comments
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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 championship game.

Sam Houston posted a 9-5 record last season, making its third straight appearance in the FCS playoffs.

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