A Real Gamer
Every school that participates in athletics needs one, and so almost every college has one. Susquehanna University happens to have a great one in Head Athletic Trainer Mike Keeney.
Keeney, fresh off of his Best Athletic Trainer award, which was presented to him by Susquehanna’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee on April 29, has been at Susquehanna since August 1995. When he’s not in the training room, located on the bottom floor of the James W. Garrett Sports Complex, Keeney can be seen at nearly every athletic event on campus, cheering on the Crusaders’ student-athletes even if he isn’t scheduled to work that particular game.
Keeney attended West Chester University, graduating in 1991 with a Bachelor of Science degree in athletic training. He then attended Shippensburg University, where in 1995 he received his Master of Education in school counseling.
Between his time at West Chester and Shippensburg, Keeney worked as a clinical and high school athletic trainer at Holy Redeemer Sports Medicine Center in Meadowbrook, Pa. He then worked as a graduate-assistant athletic trainer at Shippensburg for two years before landing his position at Susquehanna.
Keeney says becoming acquainted with student-athletes and helping them bounce back from the physical challenges they sometimes face is the most rewarding part of his job. “Getting to know the student-athletes personally, being able to help them get through difficult times while recovering from injury, and being able to see and help them return to a high level of function are all very rewarding,” he says.
When he isn’t helping the student-athletes in the training room or at the site of practice or competition, he is battling against them on the basketball court in intramurals. Keeney has put together an all–athletics staff basketball team that plays during the winter months in the Garrett Sports Complex field house against SU student-athletes and other students. Over the years, Keeney and his teammates have played in other intramural sports on campus, but basketball has been the staple.
“I enjoy the camaraderie and the outlet of competition,” he says. “Intramural sports allow our athletics department staff to compete against others on campus, and it gives students at SU the same opportunity.”
“Getting to know the student-athletes personally, being able to help them get through difficult times while recovering from injury, and being able to see and help them return to a high level of function are all very rewarding.” —Mike Keeney
Contributing writers to the Scoreboard section are Robert E. Healy III, director of athletics communications; Justin Lutes, assistant director of athletics communications.