Albert Lea Lakers are proud to announce the head coach for the 2018 season Michael Keeran.
Keeran is currently in his 1st season as the assistant softball coach at Division 3 Grinnell College. He has taken on roles within the Pioneer staff involving the outfield, offense, strength and agility and game analysis.
Keeran played collegiate baseball at Waldorf University as a four-year starting pitcher and outfielder. He was a back-to-back North Star All-Conference selection in 2016 and 2017 and was named Academic All-Conference all four years.
In the 2016 season, he won the North Star Conference batting title. Keeran concluded his career with a batting average of .370, including a .444 average in 2016. He also holds 15 school records at Waldorf in categories including hitting (hits, batting average, on base percentage, runs, and stolen bases) and pitching (games started, innings pitched, wins, and strikeouts), and is in the top five in over 50 school records categories, Keeran was named an NAIA Academic All-American his senior season.
Following graduation, Keeran was a starting outfielder for the Ozark Generals of the MINK League. He was in the top three on his team in numerous offensive categories.
Keeran has also been the assistant baseball coach the past four years at Clear Lake High School, where he was also an All-State baseball and football player his senior year. During his four seasons as an assistant, the team won three Iowa High School State Championships and had highs in team batting averages. Nine players have gone on to play collegiately the last four seasons.
“I am very excited to begin Head Coaching duties for the Albert Lea Lakers. I am extremely grateful and blessed for this opportunity. I’d like to thank Donnie Roberts, the Albert Lea Lakers and the Pioneer League for this amazing opportunity.”
“It feels like a perfect fit, Albert Lea is close to my hometown. I know the Southern Minnesota and Northern Iowa area extremely well and I am very comfortable there.”
“I think this will be a very competitive league, and my hopes are that I can recruit respectful, talented and hungry young men to Albert Lea, and put a very fun team on the field for the area to watch.”
“I know Assistant Coach Pete Sitorius very well and I think we will do a great job recruiting and developing players further. He is a very determined and a hardworking individual, with high baseball IQ.”
“My goals are to recruit a championship caliber roster on and off the field. I am hoping the players can develop further as players and young men. I want the Albert Lea community to be proud of the Lakers, and be excited to come to games.”