Gene McKeehan joined Rich Ellerson at West Point in January 2009. McKeehan is no stranger to Ellerson or service academy football. A member of each of Ellerson's eight coaching staffs at Cal Poly, McKeehan spent six years on the coaching staff at Navy prior to arriving on the West Coast in 2001. McKeehan assumed the duties of coaching Army's offensive guards and centers for the 2009 campaign, and shoulders duties as the Black Knights' associate head coach.
McKeehan has made an immediate impact on the offensive front in his first three seasons. The Black Knights have been among the nation's top 20 in rushing in each of the last three years, leading the country in 2011. Army has also ranked among the nation's top 15 in sacks allowed in each of hte last three years, including two top three appearances. After serving as Cal Poly's offensive coordinator for three seasons, McKeehan was promoted to associate head coach in February 2004 and moved back to the offensive line in 2007 after handling the Mustangs' running backs for one year.
Appointed to Ellerson's staff at Cal Poly in 2001, McKeehan helped install a new offensive set for the Mustangs. The new system utilized the spread-option offense, while still maintaining its vaunted passing attack.
The Mustangs responded well to the switch, averaging 27.0 points and 210 yards passing per game in 2001, while Cal Poly averaged 28.7 points and 368 yards of total offense per game two years later en route to a 7-4 overall record. The Mustangs allowed just 11 sacks and ranked 35th nationally in total offense (387.18) on their way to a 9-2 record in 2004.
Cal Poly ranked 20th nationally in rushing offense (207.38) in 2005 with the offensive front yielding only 15 quarterback sacks. After listing 23rd nationally in rushing offense in 2006, the Mustangs finished No. 2 in the nation in total offense, surpassed the 500-yard mark four times and shattered the school record for most points scored in a season one year later.
The Mustangs continued their prolific offensive ways in 2008, establishing four single season school records and closing the year ranked first nationally in both total offense (487.45) and scoring offense (44.36), second in pass efficiency (167.72) and third in rushing offense (306.45).
Prior to arriving at Cal Poly, McKeehan served as assistant head coach and offensive line coach at Navy for six seasons (1995-2000). He helped guide a Navy offense that ranked first nationally in rushing offense in 1999 and sixth in 2000. Prior to coaching at Navy, McKeehan was an assistant at Utah State University for 13 seasons (1982-94), serving as offensive coordinator and strength and conditioning coach.
A 1968 graduate of Utah State where he lettered at wide receiver and tight end, McKeehan assumed graduate assistant duties at Utah State for two seasons (1971-72). After earning his master's degree, he coached the offensive line at Wake Forest University for six years (1973-78) and the University of Virginia for two seasons (1978-79).
A native of Compton, Calif., McKeehan and his wife Ann Lee have two daughters, Summer and Jamie. Jamie and her husband, Josh Massie, have two sons son, Gage and Hunter. The family lives at West Point.