Jim Kehoe compiled a tremendous record of success in 39 years at the University of Maryland as an athlete, coach, and Director of Athletics.
As an athlete at Maryland, Kehoe set the school record in the 800m, a mark that would last 23 years. A 1940 Maryland graduate, Kehoe later joined the Army to serve during World War II, earning five service medals and retiring with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. When the war was over, Kehoe returned to Maryland to become the school’s track & field coach.
Kehoe led the Terps to 48 conference team championships in track and cross country during his tenure, an unparalleled record in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Kehoe’s teams were undefeated in dual meet competition in the last nine years of his coaching career. Among the talented athletes he coached was fellow USTFCCCA Hall of Famer Al Buehler, who later became coach at ACC rival Duke University.
In 1969, Kehoe accepted a new challenge as Maryland’s Director of Athletics. During his tenure, Kehoe established ten women’s athletics teams (1969-78) and the Terps won 70 ACC championships in all men’s and women’s sports.
In 1989, after retiring from Maryland and when he was already into his 70s, Kehoe accepted one final professional challenge when he became the Director of Athletics at Mount Saint Mary’s College.
The Maryland track is named in honor of Kehoe’s achievements. He was inducted into the University of Maryland Athletics Hall of Fame and has been recognized as one of Maryland’s “Most Distinguished Alumni.”