Philadelphia, PA- The new ‘Bill Keane'89 Locker Room' was dedicated today (January 9th, 2010) at 3 p.m. in a ceremony honoring the late Keane, a former Philadelphia University men's basketball player. The ceremony will be held in the Gallagher Athletic Center, on Bucky Harris Court. The project was funded through generous donations from men's basketball supporters and former players.
The men's basketball program also hosted an alumni game on Bucky Harris Court before the start of the men's contest vs. Felician College.
Keane, a Springfield, PA native, played for the Rams under current head coach Herb Magee for three seasons (1986-89) after transferring from Wilkes College.
The new locker room brings the Rams to the cutting edge in comfort and style, featuring all-new custom-made wooden lockers and a 42" flat screen TV. Each men's basketball student-athlete will now have an individualized locker, complete with a personalized name plate and seating area. The new digs will also include a PlayStation 3 gaming system, Bose speakers and durable rubber flooring.
During Keane's senior season (1988-89) at PhilaU (then Philadelphia Textile), the Rams won the Mideast Collegiate Conference (MCC) and advanced to the NCAA Tournament. At the ‘Big Dance', PhilaU dropped an overtime heartbreaker to Bloomsburg University 74-73.
Although he saw limited time for the Rams, Keane put up solid numbers in high school- averaging 10 points/11 rebounds a game at Cardinal O'Hara where he was teammates with fellow Rams Mike Doyle and Mike Louden. Keane's sister Karen also played basketball for the Lady Rams.
"Billy was a terrific young man and a great teammate who always enjoyed the locker room banter- so it's appropriate that our new locker room be named after him," said Coach Magee. "I would like to thank his former teammates and everyone who contributed to this worthy cause."
Keane passed away from colon cancer in June 2009 at the age of 43 and is survived by his fiancée Nancy Beacham and sisters Karen and Cynthia.