Mike Keegan '13

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

For Mike Keegan, heavy training didn’t end after he stopped playing lacrosse. The social science major is a first lieutenant with the 109th Field Artillery Regiment and serves as a platoon leader, traveling from Long Island to in Kingston, Pa., every month for a weekend of training, as well as two weeks during the summer. And in his regular job, Mike is a plainclothes police officer for the NYPD in the anti-crime unit of the 109th precinct in Flushing, Queens.

Every year, men's lacrosse picks an alum to honor at its annual dinner, and this September it was Mike, who spoke at about the lessons he learned at RMU, that shaped him to be successful for the future. Playing a sport and being a student, especially in the coaches program, prepared him for his career today, he said. Mike stressed to the current team that lacrosse takes a lot of time, and sometimes it turns into a job, but at the end of the day it’s only a sport. “There will be other times in your life to work when you can’t have fun,” he said.

Lacrosse is one of Mike’s fondest memories at RMU. During his freshman year, the team beat Penn State in overtime at home. This was the first real win for the team, and it put the Colonials on the map. When Mike also recalls the many hours of practice required for lacrosse, he says, “Anytime you have to practice, give 100 percent, because it will prepare you that much more for the future.”

Written by Kayla Carbert

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