Keener Resigns as JMU Coach

By: Damon Dillman Email
By: Damon Dillman Email

The Dean Keener era is coming to an end for JMU basketball. The school released a statement late Friday afternoon saying Keener was resigning as head coach of the Dukes, effective at the end of the current season.

Keener took over the JMU program in April 2004 after serving as an assistant coach at various schools for 16 years. The Dukes are 29-83 under Keener, including an 11-15 record this season.

In a prepared statement, Keener said he made his decision after meeting with athletic director Jeff Bourne Friday morning.

"Our record doesn't show what this team and program have accomplished," says Keener in his statement.

"We all regret that our program hasn't reached the level of success envisioned by everyone involved," says Bourne in a separate statement. "JMU Men's Basketball is a stronger program today because of Coach Keener's character, integrity and commitment to conducting business the right way."

Bourne also said the search for Keener's replacement will begin immediately.


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