Keefer named to Indiana Football Hall of Fame
FORT WAYNE — It was recently announced that the Indiana Football Hall of Fame would gain a new member — Bishop Luers High School’s Steve Keefer. Coach Keefer was at the helm of the football program for the Knights during two different eras. As head coach from 1979-1986, Keefer led Bishop Luers to the 2-A state title in 1985. Then later when he resumed coaching mid-way through the 2012 season, he claimed that year’s championship as well while head coach. His overall record at Bishop Luers was 72-30.
In a press release by Bishop Luers High School, the Indiana Football Hall of Fame proclaimed, “From tears of sadness and disappointment, to the ecstasy of joy and the excitement of success, Steven Keefer has provided examples of dedication to further the excellence of the game of football. Through his example, he has met the standards established by the Indiana Football Hall of Fame to be worthy inductees of the Hall of Fame, located in Richmond, Indiana. A photo, a resume of achievements, and a duplicate plaque will be on permanent display at the Hall of Fame for all to view and honor. On behalf of the Indiana Football Hall of Fame it is my privilege and honor to proclaim Steven
Master of ceremonies, Reggie Hayes, was joined by Keefer’s family, friends, former coaches and the Bishop Luers coaching staff with comments from Cal Miller, Lee Rodenbeck and Marc Cotter, to celebrate Keefer’s honor at the Columbia Street West banquet room on June 10.
Keefer and his wife of 44 years, Mary, have two grown children: Jennifer and Nicholas. Jennifer teaches and coaches at Immaculate Heart of Mary in Indianapolis. Her husband Brian is a football official and they have four children — Sam, William, Nicholas and Anna. An Allen County Police officer, Keefer’s son and wife Sarah have one daughter, Norah.
An overwhelmed Keefer summarized, “I share this awesome honor with all of the coaches and players I have had the privilege to work with over the years.”
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