HARRY JOSEPH KEOUGH
* Born on November 15, 1927, in a home in south St. Louis; parents were Patrick John Keough and Elizabeth Costley Keough - Irish/Scottish heritage;* Love of game of soccer and people of all backgrounds picked up from Blow School playground, South St. Louis, from Spanish immigrants. Harry became an honorary member of the Spanish community. In fact, he is still a member of the Spanish Society and continues to visit with old and young Spanish friends.* Spent years of childhood at the Carondelet YMCA participating in swimming, basketball, gymnastics, softball, etc.* Harry=s father, Patrick Keough, was respected and loved by members of the baseball and general sports community (including Bob Costas, Jack Buck, Harry Carey, Bob Broeg, Bob Burnes) for his knowledge and love of the sport of baseball. Paddy appeared on the A$64,000 Question@ game show around 1955, answering questions on baseball, displaying his authentic love and understanding of the sport (and winning a car). Paddy was a generous, fairminded, involved member of the community. He gave Mayor Tucker his first job at the gas company!* Attended Lyon Elementary School (started school at age of 4 and skipped one grade); * Churches: St. Columbkilles Catholic Church as child, Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church as adult;* Played on the Schumacher=s National Junior Championship soccer team in 1945;* Attended Cleveland High School, graduating in January,1945 (Varsity Swim Team, Varsity Football Team in Sr. Yr.);* Served in the U.S. Navy from 1946-1947;* 1947 - 1982 - Employed by the U.S. Postal Service - first half of his career as a letter carrier, the second half as a supervisor;* 1949 -1956 – Competed on his country’s National Team, the highest achievement possible in soccer (at the1950 World Cup, Harry was a member of U.S. National Team that defeated world powerhouse England, 1-0, in Belo Horizonte, Brazil – a book, The Game of Their Lives (more accurate historically) and movie Miracle Match have been made about this famous upset) – Also competed on the U.S. Olympic Team throughout these same years (1952 in Helsinki, Finland, and 1956 in Melbourne, Australia);* Married Alma Flores on August 30, 1952; Alma was from Mexico, knowing very little English, and Harry quickly became fluent in Spanish to be able to communicate with his new wife; you=ll still find Harry and Alma walking laps around Carondelet Park in South St. Louis every morning;* Three children: 1st child born on 12/19/56 - William Tyrone ATy@ Keough (University City resident), married to Abigail Moore Keough (jewelry designer), father of two daughters, Four time All-American NCAA Division I soccer player at St. Louis University, played for many years professionally for the St. Louis Steamers indoor team (MISL) and the San Diego Sockers outdoor team (NASL), Head Coach of Men=s Varsity Soccer Team at Washington University 1985 - 1995, senior ABC/ESPN soccer analyst/TV commentator for MLS Soccer and U.S. Men=s National Team from ~1990 – 2004, Foreign Currency Specialist with Everbank – from 2004 - present; 2nd child born on 8/27/59 - Colleen Keough Erker (University City resident), married to Joseph Erker (professional actor), mother of two daughters, Assistant Dean for Academic Services/Registrar at Washington University School of Law; 3rd child born on 8/25/62 - Margaret APeggy@ Keough Disbennett (Shrewsbury resident), married to Tim Disbennett (carpenter), mother of one daughter and twin sons, travel agent, was top level female soccer player who played on select soccer teams during the early days of women=s soccer and played on the University of Missouri, St. Louis, Women=s Varsity Soccer Team which placed third nationally in early 1980's,* Captain of Kutis Funeral Home soccer team that won the National Open Cup and National Amateur Cup Double National Championships in 1957, plus six consecutive National Amateur Cup Champs;* 1962 - 2006: Lifetime career as part-time referee – at the professional, collegiate and high school level* 1962 - 1965: Head coach of Men=s Varsity Soccer Team at Harris Stowe Teacher=s College;* 1966 - 1967: Head coach of Men=s Varsity Soccer Team at Florissant Valley Community College, National Junior College Runner-Up;* 1967 - 1982 : Head coach of Men=s Soccer Team at St. Louis University, Five NCAA Division I National Championships, won with predominantly St. Louis players; coached for the love of the game - was paid only a minimal part-time salary;* 1983: Retired from U.S. Postal Service and from St. Louis University; remained active in soccer as a college and high school referee - continues as soccer referee to the present (at the ripe age of 78);* 1984 - 2006: Participant in Senior Olympics, both locally and nationally; participates in swimming, soccer, softball, track, etc.; often won more than 15 medals annually; was also involved as organizer;* 1980’s – 1990’s - traveled on numerous occasions as member of delegation with U.S. Youth National teams to various countries (including Honduras, Costa Rica, Israel) - fluency in Spanish, and familiarity with Italian and Portuguese were of benefit in U.S. relations;* 1990’s (~6 yrs.): Head coach of Boy=s Soccer Team, Block Yeshiva High School (University City); Harry had always wanted to share his love and knowledge of soccer with a community that hadn=t traditionally had a strong soccer background; Block Yeshiva now presents the Harry Keough Soccer Award annually to their most valuable player;* 1990’s (~ 5 yrs): Assistant Coach, Women=s Varsity Soccer Team, Washington University; in his retirement Harry enjoyed sharing his extensive soccer experience to help develop women=s soccer in the U.S.
AWARDS & HONORS
Halls of Fame:* U.S. National Soccer Hall of Fame - Player* U.S. National Soccer Hall of Fame - Coach* Missouri State Sports Hall of Fame* St. Louis Sports Hall of Fame* St. Louis Soccer Hall of Fame* St. Louis University Sports Hall of Fame* Spanish Society Sports Hall of Fame* Ted Drewes Hall of Fame
* National Soccer Coaches Association of America Honor Award* St. Louis Sports Commission 100 Sports Personalities of the Century* Sports Illustrated Top 50 Missouri Sports Figures of the Century (only one chosen for sport of soccer)* various Catholic Youth Council awards* Doc Bauman Award, St. Louis Senior Olympics
Non-soccer Achievements:* 1942 - Member of Cleveland High School State Championship Boy=s Swim Team* 1944 - Public High Champion 100 yd freestyle ; 2nd Missouri State 100 yd freestyle; 2nd place in Track, Public High Meet, Long Jump;* 1949 & 1954 - Member SAY Club Municipal Softball Champions* 1952 - Played on the U.S. Baseball Team in the first exhibition game for the sport of baseball in the Olympics, Helsinki, Finland (the U.S. Soccer Team doubled as the U.S. Baseball Team and defeated the Finnish National Baseball Team 19-1)
* Federal Civil Service Employee of the Year of Greater St. Louis, Managerial and Technical Skills