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Joe McKeown

As of May 17, 2015

Northwestern’s Joe McKeown will undertake his second USA Basketball Coaching Assignment with the 2015 USA Basketball Women’s World University Games Team.

Previously, he was named an assistant coach for the 2008 USA Women’s U18 National Team, but withdrew from the staff after accepting the head coach position at Northwestern. He also served as a court coach at the 1992 U.S. Olympic Team Trials.

“It’s a great honor to named the head coach for the World University Games team and to be involved with USA Basketball,” said McKeown. “I’m excited to have the opportunity to represent Northwestern University. I especially want to thank Carol Callan and USA Basketball for thinking of me and having the confidence to name me as the coach of this team and allowing me to be part of this prestigious program.

“I’m thrilled to share the bench with a gifted coaching staff that includes Holly Warlick and Tanya Warren. It will provide all three of us with great experiences and allow us to share ideas with one another as we take this team to South Korea. There is a wealth of knowledge on this staff, and we will work hard to represent the United States. I’m already looking forward to training camp, and of course, on to South Korea to go after the gold medal.”


McKeown is a 29-year (1986-87 to present) coaching veteran who has compiled a 620-284 (.686) record overall and a 111-110 (.502) record in seven seasons at Northwestern.

Prior to his arrival, Northwestern last had advanced to the postseason in 1997, and in just his second year McKeown took NU to the WNIT Sweet 16.

This past season McKeown coached the Wildcats to a 23-9 record, which marked the program’s most victories since 1995-96, and NU received a bid to the NCAA
Tournament for the first time since 1997.

When Northwestern entered the Associated Press top-25 poll for the first time since 1996 in February, McKeown became the 10th head coach to lead at least three different programs to that distinction, having also done so in stops at New Mexico State and George Washington.

At George Washington, where he was the head coach for 19 years, McKeown became the winningest coach in school history and in the Atlantic 10 Conference while passing the victory mark in 2007-08.

Under his direction, George Washington amassed 441-154 record with 15 NCAA Tournament appearances, reaching as high as the Elite Eight in 1997.

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