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Doane basketball promotes Ian McKeithen to lead Tigers

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Doane basketball promotes Ian McKeithen to lead Tigers

Ian McKeithen

CRETE, Neb. — Doane College has promoted Ian McKeithen to head coach for the men’s basketball program.

McKeithen joined the Tiger coaching staff this past year as an assistant and has served as the interim head coach since the departure of Jim Weeks earlier this week.

Coach McKeithen has several years of college coaching experience and is very familiar with the NAIA, dating back to his playing days at Dakota State University.

McKeithen said he wanted to thank Weeks for bringing him on to the staff.

"In my brief time here, I have been extremely impressed with our campus, faculty, staff, coaches, and our players. I believe that we can create a great basketball experience for everyone here at Doane and the town of Crete for years to come,’’ he said. "Doane is a special place and there are so many exciting opportunities here to look forward to. I can’t wait to get started."

McKeithen’s coaching career started as a student coach at DSU followed by a graduate assistant position at NCAA Division II Augustana University. He also served as an assistant coach at Dakota State and Iowa Wesleyan University.

McKeithen was named the first head coach at Benedictine University-Springfield (Ill.) in 2012 and held the position for three years until the school announced it was discontinuing the athletic programs. He has also served as a basketball operations intern for the Minnesota Timberwolves.

The Tigers will look to bounce back from a 10-20 record this season and a 6-14 mark in the Great Plains Athletic Conference.

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