Coach Keane’s tremendous contribution to the CBA Athletic program was recognized yesterday during a pre-game event and ceremony before the Varsity Soccer match against Freehold Boro.
Coach, his family, and both the Varsity Soccer and Tennis teams joined him at field’s center to present a few gifts to mark the occasion. He was presented with aa commemorative ball from both teams, each signed by the entire team. He was also presented with a one-of-a-kind, commemorative painting by world-renowned portrait artist, celebrated photo realism painter and the youngest artist ever to be featured in the National Baseball Hall of Fame, Mr. James Fiorentino.
Several hundred students, parents, alumni and faculty came to the pre-game BBQ and subsequent 5-0 shutout against Freehold Boro. The match and tailgate also celebrated CBA’s Go Pink initiative. The Soccer team donned pink socks and gear as well commemorative Coach Keane T-Shirts and Patches.
Under Coach Keane’s leadership, CBA has went 526-153-40 for Boys Varsity Soccer and 649-155 for Boys Varsity Tennis. Keane’s storied career includes four Varsity Soccer NJSIAA state championship victories—the first being in 1998—and 14 Varsity Tennis state championship victories—including a 7-year streak from 1980 to 1986. He began teaching at the Academy in 1977, taking on the role of soccer coach for the 1978 fall season and as tennis coach beginning with the 1980 spring season.
“I’m really a proud reflection of the players and coaches of both programs,” says Keane in looking back on his time at CBA. “It’s just been a great opportunity and I’ve been very fortunate. As long as they [the students] got through here and feel good about themselves, I’m happy.” His legacy will include being a major fixture of the history department at CBA, and having a hand in the formation of several thousand graduates over his 39 year tenure.