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Keith Urgo is in his fifth season as a member of the Penn State coaching staff and third serving as an associate head coach. Urgo spent two seasons as an assistant coach at Penn State before being promoted to his current post in June of 2013. He is in his ninth season overall in collegiate coaching and formerly worked with Patrick Chambers as a member of the Villanova coaching staff.
Urgo has been instrumental in the Nittany Lions’ successes over the last four seasons, helping develop most notably Tim Frazier and D.J. Newbill as they broke numerous PSU records and moved onto professional careers. A native of Washington, D.C., Urgo’s influence on the recruiting trail has been seen across the D.C./Maryland/Virginia area, as well as across Pennsylvania.
A 2002 graduate of Fairfield University, Urgo played varsity basketball and lacrosse for the Stags. He spent the last four seasons on Jay Wright’s staff at Villanova serving for two of those seasons alongside Chambers.
A native of Washington, D.C., Urgo joined the Wildcats in 2007 as the video coordinator, where he served for one season before being moved up to the role of director of basketball operations in 2008. He spent two seasons in that position, including 2008-09, when Villanova reached the NCAA Final Four. In 2010-11, he served as an assistant coach. The Wildcats made the NCAA Tournament every season while Urgo was on the staff including a Sweet 16 appearance in 2008 to go with the 2009 Final Four.
Urgo came to Villanova from the basketball coaching staff at Gonzaga High School in Washington, D.C. From 2004-06, he coached the junior varsity to a 32-7 record and assisted with the national powerhouse varsity.
Urgo earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Fairfield University. Following graduation, he developed a non-profit organization, “Playing for Peace, Inc.”, designed to aide in conflict resolution. The organization is based in four locales: Durbin, South Africa, Northern Ireland, the West Bank in the Middle East and Cypress, Greece.
His role there took him first to South Africa and then, with six other recent graduates, to Northern Ireland, where he would remain for 18 months. The organization remains in existence today and now goes by the title “Peace Players International.” It was awarded the 2007 Arthur Ashe ESPY Award by the network for its continuing efforts abroad.
Urgo and his wife Kristy have three children: Ty, Cody and Samantha.