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Keith Urgo
Keith  Urgo

Hometown:
Wayne, Pa.

Position:
Associate Head Coach

Alma Mater:
Fairfield '02


06/03/2013

Daly & Urgo Promoted To Associate Head Coach Positions

Third-year Penn State basketball assistants promoted by Head Coach Patrick Chambers

02/04/2013

VIDEO: Nittany Lions Return Home to Face Purdue

Assistant coach Keith Urgo breaks down Purdue

12/14/2012

Lions Face Hornets Saturday

Penn State takes on Delaware State in a Subway Full Court 4-Pack game

12/13/2012

VIDEO: Men's Hoops Update with Asst. Coach Keith Urgo

Nittany Lions host Delaware State on Saturday

Keith Urgo begins his seventh season as a member of the Penn State coaching staff and fourth as associate head coach. Promoted to his current post in June of 2013, Urgo has more than a decade of collegiate coaching experience and has worked side-by-side with Patrick Chambers for nine years, including two as a member of the Villanova coaching staff.

Instrumental to the Nittany Lions’ successes both on the court and on the recruiting trail, Urgo offers the reputation of Penn State’s nationally ranked academic programs, an engaged alumni network that is second to none, and the opportunity to establish the Nittany Lion basketball program on the national scene. While the Washington, D.C., native may not tout his own strengths as a coach and person, his abilities in building relationships and developing young men into the leaders of tomorrow do not go unnoticed.

Tim Frazier, now with the Washington Wizards, and D.J. Newbill, with the National Basketball League’s New Zealand Breakers, benefitted from Urgo’s instruction and guidance as they broke numerous Penn State records before moving on to professional careers. Frazier and Newbill are just a few of the student-athletes mentored by Urgo as the list is lengthy, and includes Scottie Reynolds, the Most Outstanding Player at the 2009 NCAA East Regional, Corey Fisher, Maalik Wayns and Reggie Redding from Villanova, to name just a few.

Urgo is at the forefront of Penn State’s recruiting efforts which have produced, so far, two classes that earned national rankings. The class of 2015 was the first-ever top-30 signing class in program history. A year later, Penn State’s first top-25 recruiting class took the mantle as the program’s best.

Mentored by the head coaches of his two teams at Gonzaga, his decision to embark on a career in coaching was influenced primarily by the assistant basketball coach at his high school.

A 2002 graduate of Fairfield University, Urgo was a two-sport athlete who played varsity basketball and lacrosse for the Stags. Following graduation, he helped develop a non-profit organization with his best friend and teammate from Gonzaga High School and his two brothers, “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.

Urgo’s role with the organization took him first to South Africa and then to Northern Ireland, where for the next 18 months he would teach basketball to local youth and help them develop leadership skills. The organization, now operating as “PeacePlayers International,” has been recognized with numerous prestigious awards including the 2007 Arthur Ashe ESPY Award for Courage.

Returning stateside in 2004, Urgo accepted a position as an assistant coach at Gonzaga and directed the junior varsity squad to a 32-7 record while assisting with the national powerhouse varsity team. A student of the game, Urgo planned trips to university campuses during the Eagles’ offseason to observe programs and learn more from coaches in the collegiate ranks.

A hallway conversation, based on relationships Urgo had developed throughout his life, opened the door for an opportunity to join the Villanova basketball staff in 2007 as video coordinator. He moved up to the position of director of basketball operations and spent two seasons in that role, including 2008-09, when Villanova reached the NCAA Final Four. He was named an assistant coach for the Wildcats’ 2010-2011 season.

In his five years at Villanova, the Wildcats made the NCAA Tournament every season while Urgo was on the staff, including a Sweet 16 appearance in 2008 in addition to the trip to the 2009 Final Four.

Urgo, and his wife Kristy have three children: Ty, Cody and Samantha.

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