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.