Sept. 24, 2013
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The M Den State Street location will host a book signing for the new biography, "Legends of Michigan: Cliff Keen" -- with author Dave Taylor and Jim Keen, son of Cliff Keen and CEO of Cliff Keen Athletic, on Thursday, Oct. 3, from 3-5 p.m.
The self-published book provides a biographical look at the life and career of coach Keen and summarizes 91 seasons of Michigan wrestling. It also frames amateur wrestling history from a Michigan point of view. Among the book's features are pieces on Michigan wrestling recruiting pipelines, unique individuals and wrestling families as well as the history of FILA and international wrestling and the history of marketing, media and the promotion of wrestling.
The book retails for $39.95 and is currently available for pre-order on the Cliff Keen Athletic website. It will also be available at seven different M Den stores in early October.
During Keen's 45-year tenure (1925-70) at the helm of the Wolverine wrestling program, his Michigan squads posted a 272-91-10 record, won 13 Big Ten Conference championships and finished among the conference's top three in all but five seasons during his run. Keen coached 11 NCAA individual champions, 68 All-Americans and 81 Big Ten champions and led his Wolverines to 24 top-10 NCAA finishes, including back-to-back runner-up showings in 1928 and 1929.
Keen was instrumental in the development of the sport across the United States, and today his name remains synonymous with collegiate wrestling. The inaugural president of the National Wrestling Coaches Association, he long presided over the national rules committee and, for many years, pioneered the development of safe and effective wrestling equipment. In 1958, he founded Cliff Keen Athletic to sell and promote his invention of wrestling headgear, and he turned the company into the largest wrestling provider in the United States.
A charter member of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, Keen was inducted to the University of Michigan's Athletic Hall of Honor in 1980.