Head Coach Tim Keefer

Men's Basketball Head Coach: Tim Keefer
412.578.6350 Email: takeefer@carlow.edu

Tim Keefer, a strong and seasoned leader with more than 30 years of experience coaching in and around the Pittsburgh area, will serve as head coach for Carlow University’s inaugural intercollegiate men’s basketball team.

Keefer earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Education and began his career as a coach and educator at Boggs Avenue Elementary School in 1983. 

His expertise grew to include key postings throughout the Pittsburgh Public School System and Western Pennsylvania, including stints at Hempfield Area High School, Allegheny Middle School, and two decades coaching at Oliver High School, where he also served as athletic director from 2009 through 2012.

Coach Keefer has also contributed to the success of students and athletics programs at the college level. He helped grow the men’s basketball team at The Pennsylvania State University Greater Allegheny Campus from a two-year to a four-year program, and under his leadership the Greater Allegheny Nittany Lions won the PSUAC basketball championship in 2006. 

His volunteer coaching activities include a recent stint as assistant men’s basketball coach at Seton Hill University, and for more than two decades Keefer contributed his expertise to summer training camps around the Pittsburgh region, including work with ProCamps (at both the Mike Tomlin Camp and the Ben Roethlisberger Camp), the Urban Impact Youth Football Camp, and the National Youth Sports Program at Penn State Greater Allegheny.

Keefer’s ability to mentor and train players at both the high school and college levels makes him uniquely qualified to bring Carlow’s men’s basketball program out of club and into intercollegiate play. 

As a coach, Keefer believes in the value of training across multiple sports. His own expertise ranges from coaching golf to football to tennis and everything in between—including, of course, many years spent coaching men’s and women’s basketball. 

Keefer follows the guiding principal that, as student-athletes, school should always come first for his players. His commitment to educating and inspiring the next generation of talented, engaged student-athletes will be an asset to Carlow University for years to come. 

Assistant Coach David Gordon 2014

Men's Basketball Assistant Coach : David Gordon

David Gordon, former head coach of Propel Andrew Street School, assistant coach of the Oliver Football Program, Perry High School girls basketball coach and co-founder/ lead coach of Perseverance Mentoring Program will serve as assistant coach of Carlow University’s men’s basketball program.

As a Pittsburgh Public School educator and coach, assistant coach Gordon has simultaneously been able to build community athletic programs, launch a charter-based basketball team, and lead football teams to city championships. In 1996, this budding coach began to recognize his purpose as he participated in Ozanham Summer League. During his six years at Allegheny Academy Schools, he led a varsity basketball team to its first-ever sectional championship season.

In 2009, he launched a basketball-mentoring program called Perseverance Mentoring. He coached middle and high school teams in AAU and community leagues throughout the city of Pittsburgh. He later became the assistant football and basketball coach at Oliver High School where he had the chance to grow and learn from the talented head coach Timothy Keefer. Gordon also launched the first basketball program at Propel Andrew Street Charter School.

He is currently recruiting and training for the upcoming season of Carlow men’s basketball.

Assistant Coach Ryan Shank 2014

Men's Basketball Assistant Coach: Ryan Shank

Ryan Shank is looking forward to the upcoming season of men’s basketball as an assistant coach. He is a social studies teacher at McKeesport High School, where he has taught since 1994.

Assistant coach Shank has held numerous coaching positions, having served as both assistant coach, and later, head coach of men’s basketball at Penn State – New Kensington. As head coach at Penn State – New Kensington, he lead his team to two appearances in the PSUAC playoffs (2007, 2008), participation in the USCAA National Tournament (2008), and was named PSUAC Coach of the Year in 2008. Before that, he was also the 7th and 8th grade boy’s basketball coach at McKeesport Area School District for six years.

He is currently recruiting and training for the upcoming season of Carlow men’s basketball.

Shank is a resident of Glenshaw, PA, where he lives with his wife Sandy, their son Ryan, and daughter Jordan.