YPSILANTI – Eastern Michigan first-year coach Chris Creighton added to his staff on Thursday as the school announced the hiring of Minnesota State associate head coach Aaron Keen as its new special teams coordinator and tight ends coach.
Keen doesn’t have experience coaching at the Football Bowl Subdivision or Football Championship Subdivision level of play. His background includes stints at four separate Division II and III programs. One of his stops, Nebraska-Omaha, no longer fields a football program.
He held his first head coaching position from 2003-2007 at Illinois College where he finished with a 46-percent winning percentage and posted a pair of 4-6 seasons. He led Minnesota State the past two seasons on an interim basis, which included an 11-1 finish last season.
Minnesota State’s offense averaged 31.8 points per game and 357.8 yards of total offense in his first year at the school.
His last experience as special teams coordinator came in 1998 at Washington University in St. Louis.
Creighton provided the following comments about the hiring of Keen:
Coach Keen is a fantastic fit on our coaching staff and for our football program He is a proven winner and leader. He has experience coordinating special teams and is an excellent offensive mind. He will make us better both on and off the field.
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