Clifford Keen

June 13, 1901 - November 04, 1991

He started his coaching career in football. Cliff Keen's 1925 high school team at Frederick, Oklahoma, scored 355 points and yielded but three. Then he decided to see what he could do with wrestlers.

After 45 years at the University of Michigan, the longest coaching career in wrestling history, the answer was clear. He could develop champions.

Cliff Keen was an undefeated wrestler under Edward C. Gallagher at Oklahoma State University and won the Missouri Valley national invitational championship. In 1924, he won the Olympic trials but was sidelined by a broken rib. His substitute ultimately lost in the Olympic finals at Paris. He also was a football and track star.

His Michigan teams twice were NCAA runners-up and they won 13 Big Ten Conference championships, placing in the top three in the conference 40 times. They won 276 dual meets against 88 losses and 11 ties. His wrestlers captured 11 National Collegiate titles and 81 conference crowns.

But Cliff Keen's impact on the world of wrestling had no state or national boundaries. He served on the U.S. Olympic Committee from 1928 to 1952 and was manager of the 1948 Olympic team in London.

He was an original member and later president of the National Wrestling Coaches Association and also presided over the national rules committee. For many years he pioneered the development of safe, effective, wrestling equipment such as the headgear which bears his name. There is no role of service to wrestling which has not borne the stamp of Cliff Keen.

He obtained a law degree from Michigan in 1933 and served three years as a Navy commander during World War II.

In recognition of his great coaching career and contributions to wrestling spanning more than 60 years, Clifford Patrick Keen is honored as a Distinguished Member of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.

Awards:

Year
1976
Award
Distinguished Members
Chapter/Region
National

All Coaching Dual Records:

Season
1970
School
Michigan
Division
Division I
Duals
13
Wins
7
Losses
5
Ties
1
Win PCT.
53.85
Season
1969
School
Michigan
Division
Division I
Duals
15
Wins
13
Losses
2
Ties
0
Win PCT.
86.67
Season
1968
School
Michigan
Division
Division I
Duals
12
Wins
10
Losses
2
Ties
0
Win PCT.
83.33
Season
1967
School
Michigan
Division
Division I
Duals
10
Wins
10
Losses
0
Ties
0
Win PCT.
100
Season
1966
School
Michigan
Division
Division I
Duals
10
Wins
9
Losses
1
Ties
0
Win PCT.
90
Season
1965
School
Michigan
Division
Division I
Duals
10
Wins
10
Losses
0
Ties
0
Win PCT.
100
Season
1964
School
Michigan
Division
Division I
Duals
12
Wins
12
Losses
0
Ties
0
Win PCT.
100
Season
1963
School
Michigan
Division
Division I
Duals
10
Wins
9
Losses
1
Ties
0
Win PCT.
90
Season
1962
School
Michigan
Division
Duals
10
Wins
7
Losses
2
Ties
1
Win PCT.
70
Season
1961
School
Michigan
Division
Duals
10
Wins
9
Losses
1
Ties
0
Win PCT.
90
Season
1960
School
Michigan
Division
Duals
11
Wins
9
Losses
2
Ties
0
Win PCT.
81.82
Season
1959
School
Michigan
Division
Duals
11
Wins
6
Losses
4
Ties
1
Win PCT.
54.55
Season
1958
School
Michigan
Division
Duals
10
Wins
3
Losses
6
Ties
1
Win PCT.
30
Season
1957
School
Michigan
Division
Duals
9
Wins
3
Losses
6
Ties
0
Win PCT.
33.33
Season
1956
School
Michigan
Division
Duals
9
Wins
6
Losses
3
Ties
0
Win PCT.
66.67
Season
1955
School
Michigan
Division
Duals
8
Wins
6
Losses
2
Ties
0
Win PCT.
75
Season
1954
School
Michigan
Division
Duals
10
Wins
9
Losses
1
Ties
0
Win PCT.
90
Season
1953
School
Michigan
Division
Duals
9
Wins
8
Losses
1
Ties
0
Win PCT.
88.89
Season
1952
School
Michigan
Division
Duals
9
Wins
6
Losses
2
Ties
1
Win PCT.
66.67
Season
1951
School
Michigan
Division
Duals
10
Wins
9
Losses
0
Ties
1
Win PCT.
90
Season
1950
School
Michigan
Division
Duals
10
Wins
8
Losses
2
Ties
0
Win PCT.
80
Season
1949
School
Michigan
Division
Duals
7
Wins
2
Losses
5
Ties
0
Win PCT.
28.57
Season
1948
School
Michigan
Division
Duals
9
Wins
5
Losses
3
Ties
1
Win PCT.
55.56
Season
1947
School
Michigan
Division
Duals
8
Wins
5
Losses
3
Ties
0
Win PCT.
62.5
Season
1946
School
Michigan
Division
Duals
7
Wins
4
Losses
3
Ties
0
Win PCT.
57.14
Season
1942
School
Michigan
Division
Duals
7
Wins
5
Losses
1
Ties
1
Win PCT.
71.43
Season
1941
School
Michigan
Division
Duals
7
Wins
4
Losses
3
Ties
0
Win PCT.
57.14
Season
1940
School
Michigan
Division
Duals
7
Wins
4
Losses
2
Ties
1
Win PCT.
57.14
Season
1939
School
Michigan
Division
Duals
6
Wins
6
Losses
0
Ties
0
Win PCT.
100
Season
1938
School
Michigan
Division
Duals
8
Wins
7
Losses
1
Ties
0
Win PCT.
87.5
Season
1937
School
Michigan
Division
Duals
7
Wins
6
Losses
1
Ties
0
Win PCT.
85.71
Season
1936
School
Michigan
Division
Duals
8
Wins
4
Losses
4
Ties
0
Win PCT.
50
Season
1935
School
Michigan
Division
Duals
8
Wins
3
Losses
5
Ties
0
Win PCT.
37.5
Season
1934
School
Michigan
Division
Duals
6
Wins
4
Losses
2
Ties
0
Win PCT.
66.67
Season
1933
School
Michigan
Division
Duals
7
Wins
4
Losses
3
Ties
0
Win PCT.
57.14
Season
1932
School
Michigan
Division
Duals
6
Wins
3
Losses
3
Ties
0
Win PCT.
50
Season
1931
School
Michigan
Division
Duals
5
Wins
4
Losses
1
Ties
0
Win PCT.
80
Season
1930
School
Michigan
Division
Duals
7
Wins
6
Losses
1
Ties
0
Win PCT.
85.71
Season
1929
School
Michigan
Division
Duals
8
Wins
6
Losses
1
Ties
1
Win PCT.
75
Season
1928
School
Michigan
Division
Duals
8
Wins
7
Losses
1
Ties
0
Win PCT.
87.5
Season
1927
School
Michigan
Division
Duals
8
Wins
6
Losses
2
Ties
0
Win PCT.
75
Season
1926
School
Michigan
Division
Duals
6
Wins
3
Losses
3
Ties
0
Win PCT.
50
Season
Career
Duals
368
Wins
267
Losses
91
Ties
10
Win PCT.
72.55

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