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Mick Keelan begins his 18th year at Villanova in 2016-17 and the 12th in his current capacity. Keelan spent his first six years at the University as the Director of Facilities and Operations, and was promoted to the position of Assistant Athletic Director in September 2005.
Keelan is responsible for the oversight of Villanova’s athletic facilities and operations. Among his most significant assignments have been the planning and oversight of the Davis Center for Athletics and Fitness which opened in the fall of 2007 and the Andrew J. Talley Athletic Center which opened in October 2016. The construction of the Andrew J. Talley Athletic Center was an $18 million project, and the building serves as the home to the football program while also providing important amenities to meet the growing athletic performance demands for student-athletes across Villanova’s 24 varsity sports. The facility supplies a state-of-the-art athletic training center and the “Howie Long Strength Training Center,” while other amenities include a new football locker room, coaches’ offices, equipment room, academic support, a 100-seat meeting room and a reception/training table area. In addition to developing the Athletic Facilities Master Plan, Keelan is also the sport administrator for the baseball and rowing teams.
Keelan earned his undergraduate degree in Economics from Lafayette College in 1992, and he was also a pitcher on the Leopards baseball team. Following graduation, he joined the athletic operations staff at West Chester University. In 1994, he was awarded a Master’s Degree by West Chester.
In 1996, Keelan joined the University of Pennsylvania as Coordinator of Men’s Basketball Operations. Following two years at Penn, Keelan was named Assistant Athletic Director at Fordham University, where he was responsible for the athletic facilities and operations. He arrived at Villanova in 1999.
Keelan and his wife, Macee, reside in Berwyn, Pa. with their seven-year old daughter Cassie and four-year old son Michael.