Rudy Keeling, who coached men’s basketball at Northeastern University and the University of Maine and later became the athletic director at Emerson College and the first African-American commissioner of the Eastern College Athletic Conference, died Saturday. He was 66 and lived in Londonderry, N.H.
“He was an outstanding coach, a first-class person and representative of the University of Maine, and a beloved and highly respected member of the entire basketball coaching community,” Maine head coach Ted Woodward said on the university’s website.
In a January statement announcing Mr. Keeling’s retirement, the ECAC said that “Rudy consistently represented the ECAC and its constituency in the highest manner to other national, regional, and local athletics governing bodies and educational institutions, as well as private and public organizations.” Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
Bryan Marquard of the Globe staff contributed to this obituary. Material from the Associated Press was also used. Marquard can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.