Paul Keeler

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Paul Keeler
Date of birth (1971-04-17) April 17, 1971 (age 43)
Place of birth Queens, New York
University Canisius College of Buffalo, New York
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Hooker
Amateur clubs
Years Club / team
Canisius College RFC
Buffalo Old Boys RFC
Rockaway RFC
Old Blue RFC
Coaching career
Years Club / team
Old Blue RFC
San Francisco Golden Gate
Santa Clara University
Rugby union career

Paul Keeler (born April 17, 1971) is an American rugby union coach.[1]

Playing career[edit]

Keeler began playing rugby for Canisius College in Buffalo, New York and later for the Buffalo Old Boys RFC and Rockaway RFC men's clubs. Keeler moved on to become a stalwart of Old Blue RFC and their Rugby Super League team, playing in four play-off experiences, including two semi-finals. Keeler was also a MetNY and NERFU select player during this period.


Keeler moved into coaching as a player/coach and was assistant coach to the renowned Australian coach Geoff Mould of Australian schoolboys fame. From 2003 through 2005 Keeler coached Old Blue's Division One side, securing consecutive play-off appearances in the Sweet 16. Keeler coached the Super League side of the Old Blue (New York) in 2006 and 2007, guiding them to an appearance in the Super League semi-finals in 2006 and quarter finals respectively. Keeler's rep side coaching experiences include being the MetNY select side coach since 2004, and the unbeaten Northeast Select Developmental XV known as The Beagles since 2005.

In January 2008 Keeler became the full-time Director of Rugby and Head Coach of San Francisco Golden Gate RFC. In his first year he led the club to a playoff berth, losing to eventual champions the New York Athletic Club. In 2009, with Keeler and the aid of assistant coaches and long time club stalwarts Grant Wells and Karl Thomson, the San Francisco club continued their winning ways with a near perfect season, having lost only one match against rival Belmont Shore. The club secured a berth into the playoffs, where an easy rout of the Dallas Harlequins and a dramatic injury time defeat of the Denver Barbarians earned their way into the Final to face Life University. The club went on to win their first championship by defeating Life 23–13.

In 2011, Keeler became the head coach at Santa Clara University. In his first season as head coach, the Broncos posted a 6–1 record in the Northern California Conference of Division 1-AA. As league champions, they earned a berth to the D-1AA playoffs, a program first. Santa Clara accepted an invitation to Division 1-A, joining the California Conference for the 2012–13 season.

College Coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing
Santa Clara Broncos (California Conference) (2011–2014)
2012 Santa Clara 7–4 6–1 1st
2013 Santa Clara 6–6 2–5 4th
2014 Santa Clara 7–1 5–1 t-1st
Total: 20–11
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title
#Rankings from final Coaches Poll.
°Rankings from final AP Poll.


  1. ^ "O'Sullivan names USA Selects pool for ARC". September 11, 2009. Retrieved October 25, 2010.