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1956 Diving Season > Ronald L. Keenhold

Ronald L. Keenhold is in the Lehigh Hall of Fame

Bio: This year marks the first induction of a member of the diving fraternity to the Lehigh Athletics Hall of Fame. There could not be a better person selected to represent the diving community than Ronald Keenhold. A two time All-American in both the one and three meter diving events, a swimming and diving coach and instructor for over forty years, and a pioneer in the sports of swimming and diving, he is revered as one of the most loyal and dedicated members of the aquatic communi-ty by many of his peers.

Keenhold set several school and Jacobs Pool records while at Lehigh. He was undefeated in varsity dual meets his last three years and boasted a 27-2 overall record in dual meet competition for his career. He finished 16th and 13th in the one and three meter respectively as a sophomore. As a junior he improved to 7th and 8th in his respective events earning All-American status. He repeated his junior season performance at the NCAA championships as a senior jumping to 6th in the one meter and holding at 8th in the three meter earning All-American status in both events once again. While his national accomplishments were astounding, he took care of business in the valley as well defeating archrival Lafayette all four years. After his senior season in 1956 he competed in the United States Olympic trials before entering the Army in 1957. Upon returning from military service in 1958, Keenhold began his coaching and instructing career at the Massachu-setts Institute of Technology. He coached several freshmen sports there including swimming and diving, baseball, and lacrosse in addition to instructing several aquatics classes. In 1961, Keenhold arrived at what would be his home for the next 38 years, Dartmouth College. He began as the freshman swimming and diving coach, but eventually worked his way up the coaching and administrative ladder. In 1970, he was named the head men's swimming coach and pool director. Later in his career Keen-hold held the title of Assistant Director for Facilities and found-ed "The Colors" diving clinic. Throughout his career he served as a physical education instructor specializing in swimming, life saving and water safety.

"I am tremendously honored to have been elected into the Hall of Fame. It was a privilege for me to attend Lehigh University, further my education, and pursue my athletic ambi-tions. My accomplishments while at Lehigh encouraged me to undertake a career in college coaching. Lehigh played a very important role in my life and I am grateful for my lifetime achievements that can be attributed to my Lehigh experience."

His accomplishments as a coach mirrored those of his days of a collegiate diver. He posted a 105-98 record over 18 years as a head coach. In that time period he coached nine All-Americans, one Rhodes Scholar, 16 individual Eastern Champi-ons and three relay champions before his retirement in 1999.

Keenhold continues to be an active member of the swimming and diving community even after retirement. He has served as a diving judge at the NCAA and National Championships, director of diving events for the Eastern and Ivy League Championships, and is the founder of several swimming camps and organizations.

Keenhold and his wife Carol have three children, Todd, Craig, and Caron. The Keenhold's currently reside in Hanover, New Hampshire.

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