John W. Keogh '86
Hometown: Manhasset, NY
Year Inducted: 2008
Referred to by former Brown Head Coach Dom Starsia ’74 as “the most important recruit of my coaching career,” John Keogh helped lead a transformation in Brown lacrosse during his time on College Hill. After the team went 5-9 in 1982, Keogh, a four-year starter at attack, and his Class of 1986 helped revive the program, going 38-19 in their four years, winning three New England Championships, and winning an Ivy League title in 1985.
In his career, Keogh scored 83 goals and dished out 75 assists for 158 points, leaving Brown as the fourth-leading scorer in team history and still ranking eighth today. He was also a team leader in ground balls, a testament to the hustle he displayed as the team captain. Bruno’s second-leading scorer of the 1980’s, he was named to that era’s All-Decade Team.
One of the most sought-after lacrosse recruits from Long Island in 1982, Keogh, a high school All-American, was part of Starsia’s first recruiting class. Keogh started every game of his career, and teamed with fellow attack Tom Gagnon ’86 to make a formidable 1-2 scoring punch for the Bears, combining for 366 points in their four seasons. The Bears saw an immediate turnaround in 1983, going 9-5 and finishing second in the Ivy League at 4-2, repeating those records in 1984, when Keogh shared the team’s Most Valuable Offensive Player award with Gagnon.
But it was 1985 that proved to be one of the most successful in the history of the Brown program. The Bears went 12-3, sweeping to a 6-0 Ivy League record. Keogh had one of the key goals in that undefeated campaign, scoring the game-winner in the third overtime against Princeton for a 12-11 Brown win. Brown was ranked as high as third in the country during the year, earning an NCAA Tournament berth for the first time since 1976.
In Keogh’s senior season, the Bears again finished second in the Ancient Eight. A captain on a team with 12 seniors, all of whom were four-year varsity players, he was the Ivy League’s second-leading scorer in League games, earning Second Team All-Ivy honors, and scored another overtime winner against previously undefeated Adelphi. He received Brown Lacrosse’s Alumni Award as the player who, through sportsmanship, performance, and influence contributed most to the sport at Brown.