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Five-time Hurricanes national champion coach Art Kehoe has stroke

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Coach Kehoe is the only person who won all five national titles with Miami football

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Former University of Miami player and assistant coach Art Kehoe has suffered from a stroke. The Miami Herald’s Susan Miller Degnan has reported such at 10:53am on February 21st, 2020. Coach Kehoe is the only person who was a part of all five Miami Hurricanes football national championships (1983, 1987, 1989, 1991, 2001). Coach Kehoe played for Miami on the 1979 and 1980 teams and then served as a student assistant, graduate assistant, assistant offensive line coach and offensive line coach for the Hurricanes.

Coach Kehoe has coached a laundry list of stars such as Leon Searcy, Mike Sullivan, Brett Romberg, Bryant McKinnie, Joaquin Gonzalez and K.C. Jones amongst others. The 62 year old Kehoe was inducted in the UM Sports Hall of Fame in 2002.

I have a lot of personal connections to Art Kehoe. Even before he started running Down and Dirty camps at Miami I attended UM football camps and as a lineman was coached by Art Kehoe. Even though I was merely a slappy, Coach Kehoe treated me as if I was a blue chip five-star recruit. He has always been a motivator, mentor, and a man of his word. His offensive line coaching materials were my first purchase upon entering the coaching profession in the winter of 2003 and continue to use them today.

Coach Kehoe has also been someone that has bonded me with my father. My dad took me to his camps, bought me his VHS tapes (yeah, I’m that old), and used both Coach Kehoe and former Miami Dolphins guard Keith Simms to convince me that being an offensive lineman was “cool.” I wouldn’t be in the business without Coach Kehoe.


Podcast

I had the pleasure of interviewing Coach Kehoe on his tenure at Miami in a two part series. You can listen to it here:

Part One

Part Two


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