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West Texas Multi-Area Director: Steve Keenum

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On January 27, 2005, after 24 years of high school and college coaching,  Steve Keenum,  walked away from coaching.  The Duncanville, Texas native began his new duties as the Area Director of the Big Country Fellowship of Christian Athletes, headquartered in Abilene immediately.  On Keenum’s move to FCA, McMurry Athletic Director Jerry Larned said," I don’t think you could have found anyone better suited for this job.  Our loss is their gain.  Steve always told me he worked for the Lord.”   


On September 1, 2012, Keenum was named as the West Texas Multi-Area Director which extends from the Big Country to El Paso and Amarillo.   Keenum directs the Big Country Area of FCA


He spent 10 seasons coaching his alma mater taking them to the conference championship game in 1998 and 1999.  His ‘98 team tied a school record with an 8 game win streak.  While at McMurry, he coached more that 100 all-conference, 60 academic all-conference and 35 conference/national player of the week selections. The list also includes 3 All-Americans and 4 who played professionally.  He also served from 2001-2004 as the schools Athletic Director adding sports, staff and improving facilities.  He was chosen as the outstanding University Administrator in the fall of ‘98. 


Keenum as been involved in FCA since high school as a huddle member, huddle leader, camp huddle leader and as a coach, huddle sponsor and member of Adult Leadership Boards.  The Big Country/Concho Valley FCA serves a 35 county area that includes 165 colleges, high schools and junior high schools.  The ministry of FCA has four components—COACHES—CAMPUSES-CAMPS-COMMUNITY.


Keenum’s coaching background includes college stops at: Hardin-Simmons University, 1994 as the offensive line coach;  Sul Ross State University, ‘92-’93 as Head Football Coach, Tarleton Statue University, ’88-90 as the offensive coordinator.  High School stops include: Ballinger HS, ’81-85 as offensive line coach;  Brownwood HS, ’86-87 as offensive line coach and head track coach; Cooper HS, ’91 as Asst. Head Coach and Offensive Coordinator. 


Keenum’s wife Susan is a 1982 graduate of McMurry and was a 3 sport letter winner.  She is a PE teacher in Abilene ISD.  They have three children.  Case, QB for the NFL’s Los Angeles Rams, is the all time record holder for NCAA career passing and an outspoken supporter of the FCA.  Lauren, a Texas A&M graduate, serves at the Southwest Regions Camp Coordinator for FCA.  Allison, a Hardin-Simmons University senior is active in Christian Cheerleading and is part of the HSU cheer squad and is active with church youth. 


Steve and his family attend Beltway Park Baptist Church where he has taught men’s classes and is a member of the Men’s Vision Team.   He is an active member of the Rock Reunion group of the Big Country Emmaus Community.  Keenum also serves on the Board of the Abilene Youth Sports Authority and is on the ACVB Sports Alliance.