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Coach Keen honored with Father Tom Service Award

Scecina President Joe Therber (right) with Ryan Keen, recipient of the 2016 Father Tom Service Award. 

Father Tom Day is always a favorite event at Scecina. For 2016, the day was extra special as Scecina honored a long-time coach and also remembered the sacrifices of Father Thomas Scecina, who had been inducted into the Indiana Military Veterans Hall of Fame just five days earlier. 

This year, students and staff welcomed alumni veterans, members of the Board of Directors, along with 174 sixth-graders from Scecina partner schools in the East Deanery. Father Bob Gilday of St. Therese Little Flower Catholic Church and Father Rick Ginther of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church led Mass. 

Each year Scecina presents the Father Tom Service Award to a person who, as the award reads, places a high degree of importance on Scecina Memorial High School in his or her life and who has “given that little extra” through the years. This year’s award went to Ryan Keen, who has coached track and cross country at Scecina since 1999. President Joe Therber presented the award. 

Ryan started running in high school and hasn’t stopped. He was a member of the St. Joseph College track and cross country team before transferring to Marian College and running as a Knight. Education has always been an important part of Ryan’s life. He received a bachelor’s degree from Marian College in elementary education with an endorsement in special education. He followed this with a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction. He has worked in special education at Perry Township schools and is currently employed at Southside Special Services. 

Ryan began his coaching career at the Indiana School for the Blind, and was then coaching at Arlington High School when Scecina’s Athletic Director Scot Mellor encouraged him to apply for our open coaching position. To our good fortune, Ryan took the job at Scecina in 1999, and has been much more than a coach to hundreds of Scecina student since. As a coach and driver’s ed instructor, he is welcoming and friendly. His patient but encouraging style has endeared him to many—students, athletes and their parents, as well as staff and other coaches. 

Ryan and his wife, Cathe, are members of Holy Spirit Parish and proud parents to Matt and Brendan, grades 8 and 6 respectively. He continues to run with his athletes, always preparing for the next race. Ryan competed in his first marathon in 2013 and completed Monumental half marathon just last weekend. Congratulations, Ryan! 

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