Belmont Abbey College

Belmont Abbey College Athletics
100 Belmont-Mt. Holly Road Belmont, NC 28012
Division 2 North Carolina Southeast
Private Small National competitor

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John Keating

John Keating was named Head Men's Soccer Coach in April 2011, following 13 years as a Director of Coaching and Executive Director of various large clubs in the Midwest. Prior to that, he coached at the State University of New York (SUNY) and Warren Wilson College, where he also served as Assistant Athletic Director from 1994-1997.


Keating has had success at each of his collegiate stops. In 2017, he led the Crusaders to a quarterfinal berth in the Conference Carolinas Tournament, clinching the No. 4 seed and securing a home fixture.T hat same season he was awarded the Carolina Conference Coach of the Year Award. The following season, the Crusaders finished second in the regular season with three players earning All-Conference honors. During his tenure at Warren Wilson, Keating led the team to its first-ever NSCAA final four appearance, while he helped SUNY - Fredonia, he worked with Mike Middleton to take the team to SUNYAC finals.


As a player, Keating was a four-year starter at West Virginia, where he captained the team in his junior and senior year. He holds multiple scoring records at his alma mater and still stands tied for fifth on the career scoring list. Before coming to the United States, Keating had been a member of the South African under-17 national soccer team (1987).


Keating earned both a bachelor and master's degrees from WVU before taking up the assistant position at SUNY. During that period he also earned his USSF A License and National Youth License.


A native of Johannesburg, South Africa, Keating played in the South African NSL for Wits (BidVest). He is married to Toni and they are raising their four children (Jack, Dublin, Finnian and Savannah) in Gastonia, N.C.

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Jake Berry

Jake Berry joined the Belmont Abbey Men's Soccer staff as assistant coach in May after serving two seasons as a part-time assistant. He will continue to work closely with the Goalkeepers as well as taking an active part in recruiting.


A native of Bear, Del., Berry bring collegiate and club coaching experience to the Crusaders. He was the goalkeepers coach at Campbell in 2014, a year after he helped his alma mater, Messiah, to a Division III national championship.


On the club level, he has worked with HMMS, CASL and the Charlotte Eagles


As a player, Berry helped Messiah to three national championships, earning all-conference honors twice. He with the Buxmont Torch of the NPSL in 2012. He graduated in 2013 with a B.S. in business administration, then later earned an MBA with a concentration in international entrepreneurship from Cairn University.

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Wes Holifield

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