Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Tommy O'Keefe

Thomas Vincent O'Keefe

June 3, 1928
Jersey City, NJ

October 18, 2015
Alexandra, VA

1943-44 St. Peters Prep - Jersey City, NJ (High School)
1944-45 St. Peters Prep - Jersey City, NJ (High School)
1945-46 Notre Dame (College)
1946-47 Georgetown University (College)
1947-48 Georgetown University (College)
1948-49 Georgetown University (College)
1949-50 Georgetown University (College)
1950-51 Washington Capitols (NBA)
1950-51 Baltimore Bullets (NBA)
1951-52 Washington Capitols (ABL)
1953-54 Washington Jets (Military)
1957-58 Georgetown University (College) Freshmen Head coach
1958-59 Georgetown University (College) Freshmen Head coach
1959-60 Georgetown University (College) Freshmen Head coach
1960-61 Georgetown University (College) Head coach
1961-62 Georgetown University (College) Head coach
1962-63 Georgetown University (College) Head coach
1963-64 Georgetown University (College) Head coach
1964-65 Georgetown University (College) Head coach
1965-66 Georgetown University (College) Head coach

After graduating from St Peter's, O'Keefe got a scholarship at Notre Dame, but only went there one year, playing in one game. When Notre Dame coach Elmer Ripley left in 1946 for Georgetown, O'Keefe and fellow teammate Ray Corley transferred schools to follow him. O'Keefe was able to regain that year of eligibility and played four at Georgetown, starting as a sophomore through his senior year. He joined the Washington Capitols and after a few games, joined the Baltimore Bullets. He was let go after a few game. In 1951, he joined the Washington Capitols in the ABL, but joined the army shortly thereafter. After serving in the Korean War, he worked for the FBI before coaching at Gonzaga High School. He returned to Georgetown in 1957 to lead the freshmen basketball team, and three years later, became the head coach of the varsity team. After six seasons, he resigned to go into business as a sales representative.

He married Faith in 1951 and they had two daughters and two sons.

Hoya Basketball
Obituary, Washington Post, October 22, 2015
Obituary, Fredericksburg


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