After working with the University of Colorado Colorado Springs men’s soccer program during the past four seasons as an assistant coach, Johnnie Keen begins his first season as the Head Men’s Soccer Coach in 2012. The Mountain Lions are coming off an RMAC tournament appearance with a large number of returners on the fall roster.
Keen worked with former head coach Henry Ellis, who retired after last season, to rebuild the UCCS men’s soccer program. The process has come as the depth of RMAC men’s soccer has grown deeper during the years.
Before arriving in Colorado Springs, Keen worked with the City of Charleston, S.C., in the youth soccer program and with the under-18 Columbia (S.C.) Soccer Club. He also spent time with the Mount Pleasant Soccer Club as an assistant coach for the under-16 and under-17 premier boys and as the head coach for the under-18 classic boys.
In the 2003-04 season, Keen was the club coach for the Port City Soccer Club in Wilmington, N.C., and served as a practice coach for all of the teams in the program. He was an assistant coach for The Citadel from 2001-03, and was the Director and Head Trainer for The Citadel Soccer Camps. He was the Player Coach at the camps in 1999-2000.
Keen played professionally for the Wilmington (N.C.) Hammerheads from 2002-04, where he was a starter as the team won the D2 Pro Select League National Championship in 2003. The team finished as the national runner-up the season beforehand when he was named to the All-League Team. An ACL injury in 2004 ending his professional playing career and he stepped in as an inspirational leader for the team.
Keen spent his rookie season with the Charleston Battery in 2001. A member of The Citadel program, he was team captain in 1999 and 2000, and was a three-time All-Southern Conference selection and an All-South Selection in his senior season.
In the summer of 2000, Keen attended the Tauhichi Academy in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, and was named El Jugador Mejor (the best player) among the more than 80 international players.
Keen was a four-time All-State selection during his prep career in South Carolina and was the Player of the Year in 1997.