Friday , Apr , 02 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

James Madison selects Georgia Tech assistant for hoops post

Harrisonburg, VA (Sports Network) – James Madison University has named Dean
Keener its new men’s basketball coach.

Keener, a former assistant at JMU, will take over next week after finishing
his tenure as a Georgia Tech assistant at the Final Four.

“It’s with great pride that I represent James Madison University as its men’s
head basketball coach,” Keener said. “I understand the culture and values and
the great winning tradition of the men’s program. It is indeed a dream come
true for me and my family to join the Dukes.”

Keener, who agreed to a five-year contract, has been a Division I assistant
for the past 16 seasons. He spent the 1999-2000 campaign at James Madison,
helping the Dukes to a 20-9 mark, then moved on to Georgia Tech, where he has
been for four years.

“Dean Keener is an outstanding fit for the criteria we’ve been seeking in a
coach for our basketball program,” said JMU athletic director Jeff Bourne.

“Dean’s had the good fortune of being able to mentor with and have peers who
have done extremely well in this industry. With his prior experience at JMU
and his strong connections throughout the state of Virginia, I think he makes
an excellent choice.”

A 1988 Davidson graduate, Keener coached for two seasons at Drake (1988-90),
one at Southern California (1990-91), four at Virginia Tech (1991-95) and two
at Southern Methodist (1995-97) before returning to Virginia Tech for two
seasons (1997-99).

Keener will replace Sherman Dillard, who resigned on March 7 after seven years
at JMU.

The Dukes struggled during the 2003-04 campaign, finishing with a 7-21 record,
including a 3-15 mark in the Colonial Athletic Association. In his seven years
at the school, Dillard compiled a 93-106 record.