When Ole Miss head coach Ernest Ross was in search of a new assistant coach two years ago, he wanted someone that could help take the team to the next level. He found that man in Jack O'Keefe, who brought with him a wealth of experience as a player at the highest level, in addition to his coaching credentials.
O'Keefe is in his third year with the program after coaching the University of Central Arkansas golf team from 2007-10.
In his first season with the Rebels, O'Keefe helped guide the team to its fifth consecutive NCAA Regional appearance. He helped coach All-American Jonathan Randolph to another All-SEC season.
While at Central Arkansas, O'Keefe helped the Bears jump up in the rankings from 139th at the beginning of the 2009-10 season all the way to 63rd in the year end Golfweek poll. O'Keefe guided Central Arkansas to a runner-up finish in the Southland Conference in 2010 and placed all five players on the All-Southland Conference Team (the only team to have five players make All-Conference). During the last four seasons, O'Keefe's teams won seven team tournaments (four in the 2009-10 season), and had six individual medalists.
Prior to coaching at Central Arkansas, O'Keefe was the head golf professional at Hot Springs Country Club in Hot Springs, Ark. While at Hot Springs Country Club, O'Keefe directed over 200 tournaments annually and also taught over 400 lessons each year. He also directed the junior golf camps each year with over 60 juniors participating each summer.
O'Keefe played professionally for 10 years all over the world. His highlights included earning his PGA Tour card in 1997 (175th on Official PGA Tour Money List), competing in the U.S. Open in 1996 at Oakland Hills (72-71-76-76), competing on the Nike Tour in 1996 (15th on Official Nike Tour Money List), 1995 Player of the Year honors on the Hooters Tour ($100,000 Bonus), 1995 International Rookie of the Year, and 1994 Australasian Tour Rookie of the Year (19th on Official Australasian Tour Money List).
An accomplished college golfer at the University of Arkansas, O'Keefe was a four-time All-American, two-time All SEC performer, All SWC performer and had three individual victories as his teams at Arkansas won 10 team tournament titles his last two years.
O'Keefe specializes in course management, short game fundamentals, golf swing analysis and player development. Other responsibilities include recruiting, scheduling of practices, and academic support and supervision.
O'Keefe graduated from the University of Arkansas with a degree in Industrial and Technology Education.
O'Keefe and his wife Susan, have four children, Lucy, John Freeman, Henry and Hogan.
Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE ATLANTA - On Saturday, fans can tune in to see the Rebels duo of Head Football Coach Hugh Freeze and former Ole Miss basketball player Sean Tuohy compete in the Chick-fil-A... read more
Only 50 days until The Grove is full, the constant shouts of "Hotty Toddy" are in the air, and football kicks off 100 years in Vaught-Hemingway Stadium! Looking forward to this upcoming college football season, seven Rebels were named to... read more
As we near the 2015 college football season, national organizations have started to release watch lists for their respective awards. Through the first week of watch lists being released, multiple Rebels have been announced as players that fans need to... read more
Along with head coach Hugh Freeze, three Rebels will represent Ole Miss at the annual SEC Football Media Days next week. Junior Evan Engram, just named to the John Mackey Award Watch List for college football's most outstanding tight end,... read more
Five Ole Miss Rebels were chosen as preseason All-SEC selections by some of the people who work closest with the student-athletes, the football media relations directors. The 14 football media relations directors of the Southeastern Conference institutions voted in the... read more
The preseason accolades just don't stop for the Ole Miss football team. Everywhere you look, Rebels can be found on preseason All-America teams. Lindy's Sports recognized seven Rebels for preseason honors, including four All-Americans. Four Ole Miss Football Rebels were... read more
With the season just 74 days away, members of the 2015 Ole Miss football team continue to earn recognition on Preseason All-America lists. Athlon Sports, the latest media outlet to release its 2015 college football preseason All-America team, gave five... read more
Preseason All-America football teams continue to roll in, and Ole Miss has been well represented each time.Today, the Sporting News unveiled its preseason All-America first and second teams, which includes a total of four Rebels.OT Laremy Tunsil and DT Robert... read more
Individual preseason accolades continue to pile up for the Ole Miss football team as college football magazines look toward the 2015 season. Athlon Sports is the latest magazine to release its preseason all-conference teams, June 10; the magazine named nine... read more
The start of summer heat and vacations is also the start of another tradition - preseason college football magazines.One of the first to produce a magazine every year is Phil Steele, whose 2015 version includes about as many Ole Miss... read more
Although they will not begin competing for the Rebels until the fall, several members of the 2015 signing class have arrived at Ole Miss to begin their college journey this summer. The first of two summer sessions offered at the... read more
Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewApril 28-May 4, 2015Baseball - The Rebels started the week defeating the Bulldogs, 11-1 in the annual Governor's Cup. The 10-run win for the Rebels marked the largest margin of victory in the 36-year history... read more
Welcome to Pittsburgh...and welcome to #SteelersNation, @Quez_G! #SteelersDraft pic.twitter.com/oY8wZc10Kk-- Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) May 2, 2015 Congrats Senquez Golson! Drafted 56th overall in the 2015 #NFLDRAFT by the Pittsburgh Steelers. #HottyToddy #FinsUp pic.twitter.com/EPGayDNOu7-- Ole Miss Football (@OleMissFB) May 2, 2015 Ole... read more
Six men with ties to Ole Miss were part of the inaugural class of 25 athletes and coaches inducted into the Scott County Hall of Fame this past Saturday at Roosevelt State Park in Morton. It is believed that this... read more