Joe McKeown

Joseph L. McKeown pronounced Mick-Q-ann (born May 12, 1956),[1] is the head women's basketball coach at Northwestern University. He has 600 wins as of November 21, 2014. He has won the Atlantic 10 Conference's coach of the year award a record 5 times during his tenure at George Washington. He remains by a big margin, George Washington's all-time leading coach in terms of wins and winning percentage. His teams have reached the postseason 19 times.

Joe McKeown
Current position
TitleHead coach
ConferenceBig Ten
Record172–160 (.518)
Biographical details
Born (1956-05-12) May 12, 1956
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Playing career
1974–1976Mercer CC
1976–1978Kent State
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1979–1983Kent State (asst.)
1983–1986Oklahoma (asst.)
1986–1989New Mexico State
1989–2008George Washington
Head coaching record
Overall681–334 (.671)
Accomplishments and honors
A10 Coach of the Year (1991, 1997, 2000, 2002, 2007)

In the 1991-1992 season, he led the Colonials to a national ranking of 6th, which is the program's highest ranking ever. From 1991 to 1998, the team posted eight consecutive 20 win seasons including 5 Atlantic 10 titles. In 2007, he led the team to a 28-4 record, breaking school records for wins and winning percentage. He previously served as an assistant coach at Kent State, and Oklahoma.

In 1986, he was named head women's basketball coach at New Mexico State. He posted a 68-20 record over there. He was a star basketball player at Kent State, and was named co-captain during his senior season. He holds the school record for assists in a game with 15.

McKeown left George Washington after the 2007-2008 season. He and his family moved to Chicago to find better healthcare and services for his son with autism. Since 2008, he has been the head women's basketball coach at Northwestern University.

USA Basketball

McKeown was selected to be the head coach of the USA representative to the World University Games held in Seoul, South Korea July 5–13, 2015. The team won all six games, including the championship game against Canada. The first three quarters the game were quite close with four ties and four lead changes. In the fourth quarter the USA exploded for 34 points to pull out to a large lead, and won the gold-medal with a score of 82–63.[2]

Head coaching record

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
New Mexico State Aggies (High Country Athletic Conference) (1986–1989)
1986–87 New Mexico State 23–710–2
1987–88 New Mexico State 26–310–0
1988–89 New Mexico State 19–108–2
New Mexico State: 68–20 (.773)28–4 (.875)
George Washington Colonials (Atlantic 10 Conference) (1989–2008)
1989–90 George Washington 14–148–106th
1990–91 George Washington 23–715–3T–2ndNCAA Second Round
1991–92 George Washington 25–711–5T–2ndNCAA Second Round
1992–93 George Washington 20–1111–32ndNWIT Consolation
1993–94 George Washington 23–813–3T–1stNCAA Second Round
1994–95 George Washington 26–614–21stNCAA Sweet 16
1995–96 George Washington 26–714–21st (west)NCAA Second Round
1996–97 George Washington 28–616–01st (west)NCAA Elite Eight
1997–98 George Washington 20–1012–41st (west)NCAA Second Round
1998–99 George Washington 19–912–43rd
1999–00 George Washington 26–614–21st (West)NCAA Second Round
2000–01 George Washington 22–1014–22ndNCAA First Round
2001–02 George Washington 21–915–11st (West)WNIT Second Round
2002–03 George Washington 25–715–11st (West)NCAA Second Round
2003–04 George Washington 22–814–21st (West)NCAA First Round
2004–05 George Washington 23–913–3T–1st (West)NCAA Second Round
2005–06 George Washington 23–913–3T–1stNCAA Second Round
2006–07 George Washington 28–414–01stNCAA Sweet 16
2007–08 George Washington 27–712–2T–1stNCAA Sweet 16
George Washington: 441–154 (.741)250–52 (.828)
Northwestern Wildcats (Big Ten Conference) (2008–present)
2008–09 Northwestern 7–233–1510th
2009–10 Northwestern 18–157–11T–8thWNIT Third Round
2010–11 Northwestern 18–146–108thWNIT Second Round
2011–12 Northwestern 14–164–1211th
2012–13 Northwestern 13–175–1110th
2013–14 Northwestern 17–165–11T–8thWNIT Third Round
2014–15 Northwestern 23–912–6T–4thNCAA First Round
2015–16 Northwestern 18–174–1412thWNIT First Round
2016–17 Northwestern 20–118–8T–8th
2017–18 Northwestern 12–204–1212th
2018–19 Northwestern 20–149–96thWNIT Semifinals
2019–20 Northwestern 6-00-0
Northwestern: 172–160 (.518)46–99 (.317)
Total:681–334 (.671)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion


  1. "Women's Basketball Coaches Career". NCAA. Retrieved 23 Sep 2015.
  2. "WUGs Gold medal Game: USA 82, Canada 63". Retrieved 2016-09-14.
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