Bob Kehoe

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Bob Kehoe
Personal information
Date of birth 1928[1]
Place of birth St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Date of death (aged 89)
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
St. Louis Kutis
1968 St. Louis Stars 1 (0)
National team
1965 United States 4 (0)
Teams managed
1969–1970 St. Louis Stars
1972 United States
1973–1983 Granite City North High School
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Robert V. Kehoe[2] (1928 – September 4, 2017) was a U.S. soccer defender.[3] He earned four caps as captain of the U.S. national team in 1965. He later coached the US national team in 1972. He was also the first U.S. born coach in the North American Soccer League. He was inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 1989.

Club career[edit]

Kehoe grew up in St. Louis and graduated from St. Louis University High School in 1947. He played on the school's first soccer team in 1943. After high school, he spent time in the Philadelphia Phillies farm system, but soon returned to soccer. When he did, he joined St. Louis Kutis. In 1968, he played with the St. Louis Stars of the North American Soccer League (NASL)

National team[edit]

Kehoe earned his four caps as captain of the U.S. national team during 1966 FIFA World Cup qualifying in 1965. His first game with the national team came in a 2–2 tie with Mexico on March 7, 1965. Kehoe and his team mates then lost to Mexico five days later, defeated Honduras on March 17 and tied them four days later. With a 1–1–2 record, the U.S. failed to qualify for the finals.[


In 1969, Kehoe moved from player to coach with the St. Louis Stars. He became the first U.S.-born coach in the NASL in the 1969 and 1970 season. During his two seasons as head coach, he used rosters of predominantly U.S. born players, unlike most other coaches in the NASL.

In 1972, the U.S. Soccer Federation hired Kehoe as coach of the U.S. national team.

In 1973, he became the head coach of Granite City North High School where he joined former team mate Ruben Mendoza as a developer of local youth players. He remained with the school until 1983. That year, he became the head coach of the Bud Light women's over-30 team. The Bud team went to the women's over 30 national championship game every year from 1983 to 1988. During those years, Kehoe also served as the Director of Coaching for the Busch Soccer Club.


In addition to coaching the Bud Women's team and acting as the Director of Coaching for the Busch Soccer Club, Kehoe was a radio and TV commentator for the St. Louis Steamers of Major Indoor Soccer League from 1983–1988.


Kehoe was inducted into the St. Louis Soccer Hall of Fame on October 26, 1983, the Illinois High School Soccer Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1989 and the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 1989.


  1. ^ "The Telegraph, Alton IL -".
  2. ^ "Robert V. Kehoe's Obituary on St. Louis Post-Dispatch". St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
  3. ^ Lyons, Joe. "St. Louis soccer legend Bob Kehoe dies at 89".

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