On Monday, March 12th Champlin Park High School named Nick Keenan as the 3rd Head Coach in the school’s history. Coach Keenan comes to Champlin Park after serving as Head Football Coach at Big Lake High School for the past 5 seasons. He led the Hornets to back-to-back section finals appearances in 2016 and 2017. The 2016 Hornets squad upset #5 ranked and two-time defending state champions, Becker, in the playoffs while the school enjoyed its best season since 2001. Coach Keenan coached a Mr. Football finalist, an All-Star game participant, and developed several Division 1 prospects during his time at Big Lake. Coach Keenan was also the Speed and Strength Coordinator and taught Physical Education and Health.
Before Coach Keenan’s move to Big Lake, he coached for two years as a varsity football assistant at St. Francis High School, helping the Fighting Saints to an 8-2 record and a #2 seed in the playoffs in 2011. During his time in St. Francis he taught Special Education, coached baseball and helped run the strength program.
Prior to his time in St. Francis, Coach Keenan was a varsity football assistant right here at Champlin Park High School for 9 years under former head coaches, Mike Korton and Tim Hermann. During his tenure at CPHS the school recorded a 72-26 record with 17 playoff wins and two state tournament appearances, falling in the state championship game to Eden Prairie in 2002. During his time at CPHS, coach Keenan also coached basketball and baseball and taught Physical Education and Special Education.
Starting his coaching career in 2001 at Division 2, Minnesota State University Moorhead, Coach Keenan was in charge of the Defensive Line and as a student athlete recruiter.
Coach Keenan earned his Masters Degree from St. Cloud State University in 2006 and his Bachelors Degree in teaching from Minnesota State University Moorhead in 2001. Coach Keenan played football at Minnesota State University Moorhead and in 2000 earned Honorable Mention All-American Honors and 1st Team All Conference Honors as a Defensive Lineman. Coach Keenan was also voted his team’s MVP as well as team captain.
In High School, Coach Keenan played football under Hall of Fame coach, Mike Grant, at Eden Prairie and also participated in baseball, basketball and track. He has been married to his beautiful wife, Michelle for 11 years, who he met teaching at Champlin Park in 2004, and has three wonderful children, Nicholas, 10, Brooklyn, 7 and Carter, 3.
Welcome Coach Keenan and Go Rebels!!