UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS, Ohio — John Carroll University, the local community, family and friends are mourning the loss of former basketball player, coach, director of athletics and Hall of Famer John Keshock, Ph.D.
Keshock, 87, died peacefully in Avon on Sept. 2 from lung failure, his obituary said.
The Hall of Famer played basketball at JCU from 1952 to 1953, serving as captain for the Blue Streaks and averaging a double-double in points per game and rebounds his junior and senior seasons. He later played for Cleveland’s first professional basketball team the Cleveland Pipers.
Keshock served in the United States Army after college where he reached the rank of First Lieutenant, Company Commander and played for the 1957 All-Army basketball team.
After serving in the military, Keshock returned to JCU as the head men’s basketball coach from 1960 to 1969 and then the director of athletics from 1969 to 1978.
Keshock is survived by his brother Charles, wife and hometown sweetheart Katherine, five children and eight grandchildren.