Keith Veale is entering his 22nd season as the head coach of the MVNU
baseball program. Over the past 21 years,
Veale has led the Cougars to a 709-354 overall record (.667), seven
conference titles, five National Christian College Athletic Association
national championships, and the school's only two berths in the NAIA
World Series in 1997 and 2004 as well as a trip to the NAIA National
Championship Opening Round in 2010. MVNU has also won 30 or more games 15 times under Veale, and topped the 40-win mark during five of those years.
In 2010, Veale guided the Cougars to a 33-23 overall record as the team
captured the American Mideast Conference Tournament title and earned a
berth in the NAIA National Championship Opening Round in Cleveland,
Veale has been selected as the NCCAA National Coach of the Year six times
and conference Coach of the Year seven times in his career, and he was
tabbed as the NAIA Region Coach of the Year in 1996, 1997, and 2007. He
has seen his teams qualify for postseason play in the NAIA in 20 of his
21 seasons at the helm, and he has also had 12 players sign professional baseball contracts during his tenure
as head coach at MVNU.
In 1996, Veale led the Cougars to a 43-3 overall record, setting the NAIA national record
for best winning percentage in a season (.935). The team also put
together a school-record 24-game winning streak during that year.
To show that 1996 was not a fluke, Veale and the Cougars posted a program-best 47-8 overall record in 1997. The team also
went 17-1 in the conference and advanced to the NAIA World Series in Sioux City, Iowa, for the first time in school history.
MVNU's other berth in the NAIA World Series came in 2004 in Lewiston,
Idaho, with a fifth-place finish.
A native of Michigan and a 2005 inductee into the Owosso High School Alumni
Wall of Honor, Veale graduated from John Wesley (Mich.) College in 1979 after playing baseball for four years, tennis for
two years, and soccer for a year. He came to MVNU after graduation, and in addition to coaching baseball, he has served as the women's
volleyball head coach (1983), the men's soccer head coach (1988), the women's softball head coach (1987-1989), and the intramural
director (1979-1988). Veale was inducted into the Cougar Wall of Fame
in October 2007.
Veale, who also teaches in the Physical Education Department at MVNU, resides in Mount Vernon with his wife, Toni
(an MVNU grad). The couple has
two children, Elyia and Kodi.
To contact Coach Veale, you can e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.