The ‘Excellence and Virtue’ signs around Belmont Abbey’s campus are not just for decoration, they embody the characteristics and mindset that all Abbey students and faculty possess. These essential qualities are not only found in classrooms and offices, but on athletic fields too. Coach John Keating, Head Coach of the Men’s Soccer Team, continually aims to better his team physically, spiritually, academically, and mentally. When asked about his involvement with the team attaining virtue, Coach Keating noted that by “Investing time in them as individuals, [as] men, I expose them to the challenges of the day and try to form Catholic-centric thought around those issues,” therefore they grow to be better people.
As the head coach, Coach Keating also practices excellence and virtue in his everyday life. As a collegiate athlete himself at West Virginia University, Coach Keating strove for excellence, and is still ranked as the fifth highest goal scorer in the college’s history. After graduating, Coach Keating took on several coaching positions before landing at the Abbey, where he has paved a virtuous path for eight seasons.