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32  Keith Madison
Keith Madison

Hometown:
Brownsville, Ky.

High School:
Edmonson County

Last College:
Western Kentucky (1975)

Position:
Head Coach

Birthdate:
10/24/1951

Years at Kentucky:
24th year


Keith Madison, the winningest baseball coach in the 106 years of Kentucky baseball, added the following milestones in 2002 to his already impressive list of accomplishments?

  • The grand opening of the new 3,000-seat state-of-the-art Cliff Hagan Stadium
  • Win No. 700 as the Wildcats' skipper
  • Win No. 250 in Southeastern Conference play
  • Over 1,300 games coached in his 24-year tenure
  • Over 600 SEC games coached in his career

    Now in his 25th year at the helm of the Wildcats, Coach Keith Madison continues to build upon the rich baseball tradition in the Bluegrass, while laying the foundation for national prominence at the University of Kentucky.

    Since becoming the Wildcats' coach in 1979, Keith Madison has guided his team to 713 victories - more than any other baseball coach in school history and the second-highest mark among active coaches in the Southeastern Conference. Four of his teams have broken the school record for wins in a season, while 83 of his players have gone on to play professional baseball, with 14 having played in the major leagues.

    Madison picked up his 600th career victory on April 11, 1998 at Mississippi State, where he started as a graduate assistant in 1979. With UK's win over Tennessee on April 13, 1996, Madison moved into third place on the SEC all-time victories list. Against Ohio on March 12, 1996, Madison achieved another milestone by coaching in his 1000th career game.

    Last season, he led his Wildcats to a 3-1 win over No. 17 Texas A&M in the Continental Express Aggie Baseball Classic on Feb. 25 to earn his 700th career victory. Less than a month later, he guided the Cats to a 3-1 win at No. 24 Auburn to reach 250 league victories.

    Off the field, Madison continues to leave his mark, not only on the Kentucky baseball program, but also on the national college baseball scene. In Lexington, he has overseen and helped raise money for several of the baseball program facilities, including Kentucky baseball's home site, Cliff Hagan Stadium at Shively Field.

    In the fall of 1987, Madison's efforts to upgrade the UK baseball program brought about the installation of lights to Shively Field. During the off-season before the 1989 campaign, he helped oversee a complete renovation of the facility. The $520,000 renovation of Shively Field was the largest single improvement project to the field since it opened as part of the Bernie A. Shively Sports Center in 1969. The seating capacity was increased from 1,400 to 2,500. A new press box, sky boxes and dugouts were added. Madison raised half of the needed funds through private donations, while the UK Athletics Association provided the other portion.

    Stepping up to the plate again in 2000, Madison conducted and directed painstaking efforts to raise funds for the $4.2 million renovation of Cliff Hagan Stadium. If the American dream is to build a home, Madison?s dreams became reality, as he will lead his Wildcats into the state-of-the-art facility this spring. The new home of the Wildcats will allow UK to raise its program to the next level, on the field, in recruiting, and in the entire game experience to fans and guests that visit the park.

    On the national scene, Madison was recognized in 1995 for his knowledge, integrity and concern for college baseball at the American Baseball Coaches Association convention when his peers elected him the organization's fourth vice-president. With the ABCA officer rotation system, Madison served as the president in 2000. He ran the national convention in Atlanta, drawing the largest turnout ever with over 3,500 in attendance. He now continues to serve on the ABCA board. Madison also served as the pitching coach for the USA Baseball's national team for a stint during the summer of 1999.

    Madison was 26 years old when he brought his blueprint for building a successful collegiate baseball program to Kentucky's campus. He unveiled a philosophy to run a class program by emphasizing academic success and personal responsibility both on and off the field. The desired results were immediate. Taking over a program that had just finished last in the Southeastern Conference Eastern Division and had set the school record for most losses in a season, Madison guided his first team to a 29-18 mark in 1979 and set a school record for most wins in a season. In his second season, the Wildcats went 25-21, as Madison coached UK to the best fielding percentage (.965) in the SEC.

    Over the last 24 seasons, UK has averaged 30 wins a season and advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 1988 and 1993, with the team's 1988 berth representing the school's first national tournament appearance in 38 years. After setting the school record for wins in his first season, Madison improved that mark from 39 wins (1981) to 41 (1991).

    Through all the success, Madison has guided 10 All-Americans, 20 first-team All-SEC players, and an impressive 89 SEC academic honors selections. He has placed 16 players on SEC All-Tournament teams, including the 1981 MVP, Jeff Keneer. Keener also led the nation in lowest earned run average that season, posting a 0.51 ERA in 1981. Madison has also coached three .400 hitters: Brandt Ely- .422 in 1983, Jeff Abbott- .445 in 1994, and Paul Blandford- .403 in 1996.

    A native of Brownsville, Ky., Madison attended Edmonson County High School, where he was an all-district selection in both baseball and basketball. After high school, Madison turned down scholarship offers and signed a professional contract with the Montreal Expos. Madison played five years of professional baseball, two in the Montreal organization and three with the Cincinnati Reds, reaching the AAA level before a knee injury ended his career.

    During the off-seasons, Madison attended Western Kentucky University, where he received a B.S. degree in geography in 1975. Madison began his coaching career at Lake Wales High School in Florida, where he coached for two seasons before moving to the collegiate ranks. As a graduate assistant coach at Mississippi State, he helped lead the Bulldogs to an NCAA Central Regional Final. Madison also earned his master's degree from State in education administration.

    The Wildcats' skipper devotes much of his time speaking at coaching clinics, alumni clubs, church groups and civic organizations. He is also actively involved with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

    Madison is married to Sharon Massie of Niceville, Florida. They reside in Wilmore, Ky., and have two sons: Austin, 24, a former UK baseball player who finished his career in 2001, and Tyler, 21.

    Madison's Record Career: 713-602-5 (24 years/.542)

    Record vs. Opponents:
    Air Force               1-0
    Alabama               18-28
    Alabama-Birmingham      4-2
    Appalachian State       1-1
    Arkansas              13-18
    Arizona                 1-1
    Armstrong State         3-1
    Army                    1-0
    Auburn                15-22
    Augusta                 2-0
    Austin Peay             10-2
    Ball State              2-3
    Belmont                 3-0
    Bellarmine              4-0
    Birmingham-Southern     2-1
    Bowling Green State     1-0
    Bradley                 0-1
    Brigham Young           0-1
    Butler                  2-0
    Central Michigan        1-0
    Charleston Southern     2-0
    Cincinnati             18-5
    The Citadel             3-2
    Clemson                 2-1
    Cleveland State         2-1
    Coastal Carolina        1-2
    Cumberland (Ky.)        1-0
    Cumberland (Tenn.)      4-1
    Dayton                  7-0
    East Tennessee State    1-0
    Eastern Connecticut     1-0
    Eastern Illinois        1-0
    Eastern Kentucky    25-10-1
    Eastern Michigan       10-2
    Eckerd                  0-1
    Evansville              3-7
    Florida             29-67-1
    Florida Atlantic        2-4
    Florida Southern        2-1
    Fresno State            0-1
    Furman                  0-2
    Georgetown (Ky.)       10-1
    Georgia               33-42
    Georgia Southern        0-1
    Georgia State           1-0
    Georgia Tech            2-0
    Grand Canyon            1-0
    Howard                  5-0
    Illinois                1-1
    Illinois State          1-0
    Indiana                 8-7
    Indiana State           3-2
    Indiana Southeast       2-0
    Iowa                    1-1
    IUPUI                   2-0
    Jacksonville            3-3
    Kent State              2-0
    Kentucky State         12-0
    Kentucky Wesleyan       3-0
    Lee University          1-0
    Lincoln Memorial        5-0
    Lipscomb                0-1
    Long Beach State        0-3
    Louisiana State       13-26
    Louisville            31-11
    Maine                   3-1
    Marshall               18-5
    Maryland                2-0
    Memphis                 1-0
    Mercer                  2-0
    Miami (Ohio)            8-2
    Middle Tennessee       10-9
    Minnesota               3-0
    Mississippi           18-27
    Mississippi College     1-0
    Mississippi State     15-35
    Missouri                1-0
    Morehead State        26-18
    Murray State            4-2
    Navy                    3-0
    New Mexico              1-1
    New Mexico State        1-0
    New York Tech           3-1
    NC State                0-2
    North Florida           0-1
    Northern Kentucky       4-0
    Northwestern            2-0
    Notre Dame              4-1
    Ohio                    7-1
    Ohio Dominican          2-0
    Ohio State              0-1
    Oklahoma State          1-2
    Old Dominion            0-1
    Oral Roberts            0-1
    Penn State              2-1
    Pepperdine              1-1
    Richmond                1-0
    Rutgers                 1-0
    Samford                 2-2
    St. John's              1-0
    St. Xavier              4-0
    Seton Hall              1-0
    South Alabama           0-6
    South Carolina        17-20
    South Florida           2-2
    Southeast Massachusetts 2-0
    Southern California     0-1
    Southern Illinois       9-5
    Southern Missississippi 1-1
    Spring Hill             0-1
    Stanford                0-2
    Stephen F. Austin       0-1
    Stetson                 0-3-1
    Tampa                   6-0
    Tennessee             40-52
    Tennessee Martin        2-0
    Tennessee Tech          3-1
    Tennessee Wesleyan      0-1
    Texas                   0-1
    Texas A&M               1-3
    Toledo                  1-0
    Troy State              1-1
    Union                   1-0
    Vanderbilt          47-41-2
    Washington              0-1
    Washington State        0-2
    West Florida            5-2
    West Virginia          10-1
    Western Carolina        0-1
    Western Kentucky      23-15
    Western Michigan        4-2
    Winthrop                1-2
    Wofford                 1-0
    Wright State            4-6
    Xavier                 13-1
    Yale                    1-0
    Youngstown State        1-1
    

    Madison's Milestone Wins No. Score Date 1 UK 11, Georgetown (Ky.) 1 March 6, 1979 50 UK 8, Southern Illinois 4 Apr. 25, 1980 100 UK 16, Cincinnati 6 March 25, 1982 150 UK 12, West Florida 3 March 4, 1984 200 UK 4, Western Kentucky 3 May 5, 1985 250 UK 12, Louisville 4 Apr. 16, 1987 300 UK 9, LSU 7 May 12, 1988 350 UK 14, Vanderbilt 2 Apr. 7, 1990 400 UK 10, Armstrong St. 9 Feb. 16, 1991 450 UK 12, Marshall 11 Apr. 7, 1993 500 UK 2, South Carolina 0 May 13, 1994 550 UK 26, Marshall 5 Apr. 9, 1996 600 UK 3, Mississippi State 2 Apr. 11, 1998 650 UK 11, Dayton 0 March 5, 2000 675 UK 6, South Carolina 4 May 17,2000 700 UK 3, Texas A&M 1 Feb. 25, 2002

    Madison's Coaching Record Overall Record Year W L T Pct. 1979 29 18 0 .617 1980 25 21 0 .543 1981 39 16 1 .705 1982 23 32 0 .418 1983 31 14 0 .689 1984 25 22 0 .532 1985 28 24 0 .538 1986 25 28 0 .472 1987 39 15 0 .722 1988 38 25 0 .603 1989 28 25 1 .528 1990 27 29 0 .482 1991 41 20 0 .672 1992 33 23 0 .587 1993 38 23 1 .621 1994 32 25 0 .561 1995 29 32 0 .475 1996 35 24 0 .593 1997 20 34 1 .364 1998 26 31 0 .456 1999 25 32 0 .439 2000 38 20 1 .655 2001 22 34 0 .393 2002 17 36 0 .321 Totals 713 602 5 .542 24 Years

    SEC Record Year W L T Pct. SEC Finish 1979 14 10 0 .583 2nd/East 1980 9 13 0 .409 4th/East 1981 13 9 1 .587 2nd/East 1982 6 18 0 .250 5th/East 1983 6 11 0 .353 4th/East 1984 9 13 0 .409 4th/East 1985 11 14 0 .440 (T)3rd/East 1986 7 21 0 .250 10th 1987 16 11 0 .593 4th 1988 18 9 0 .667 2nd 1989 10 17 0 .370 9th 1990 8 18 0 .308 10th 1991 13 12 0 .520 6th 1992 10 14 0 .416 (T) 5th/East 1993 12 11 1 .521 3rd/East 1994 11 12 0 .478 3rd/East 1995 7 17 0 .293 5th/East 1996 15 14 0 .517 3rd/East 1997 10 20 0 .333 5th/East 1998 12 18 0 .400 3rd/East 1999 13 17 0 .433 2nd/East 2000 12 16 1 .429 4th/East 2001 7 23 0 .233 6th/East 2001 6 24 0 .200 6th/East Totals 255 362 3 .414

    Madison by the Numbers?

    Victories

  • 713 overall wins rank second among active Southeastern Conference coaches
  • 255 SEC victories
  • 41 wins in 1991 set the single-season win record at Kentucky

    Wildcats in the Pros

  • 83 Wildcats have either been drafted or signed professional baseball contracts since 1979
  • 24 Wildcats were taken in the top 10 rounds
  • 12 Cats selected in the top five rounds
  • 3 Wildcats selected in the first round (Chad Green, Milwaukee, 1996; Rob Murphy, Cincinnati, 1981; Joseph Blanton, Oakland, 2002)
  • 14 of Madison's Cats have reached Major League Baseball
  • 4 former Wildcats played in the Major Leagues in 2001
  • 21 former Wildcats played at some level of professional baseball in 2001
  • 3 Octobers: Former Wildcat Jim Leyritz (1985-86) has played in three fall classics, reaching the World Series with the New York Yankees in 1996 and 1999, and the San Diego Padres in 1998

    All-Southeastern Conference

  • 44 All-SEC selections since 1979
  • 18 Wildcats have earned first-team All-SEC honors
  • 16 Wildcats voted to SEC All-Tournament teams, including 1981 Most Valuable Player, Jeff Keener.

    SEC Individual Statistical Leaders

  • Batting Average: Jeff Abbott, .445, 1994
  • Home Runs: Jeff Abbott, 23, 1994
  • John Wilson, 23, 1999
  • Triples: Chad Green, 7, 1996 (tie)
  • Doubles: Bill Sandry, 20, 1981 (tie)
  • Vince Castaldo, 27, 1988
  • Hits: Vince Castaldo, 86, 1988
  • Stolen Bases: Chad Green, 54, 1995
  • Chad Green, 55, 1996
  • Runs Scored: Billy White, 74, 1988
  • Pitching Wins: Joe Georger, 12, 1979 (tie)
  • Earned Run Average: Jeff Keener, 0.51*, 1981
  • Strikeouts: Jeff Keener, 74, 1980; Joseph Blanton, 133, 2002
    * NCAA Statistical Champion

    SEC Team Statistical Leaders

  • Home Runs: 86 in 1991, 110 in 1994 led the NCAA
  • Doubles: 134 in 1994
  • Stolen Bases: 142 in 1996
  • Fielding Percentage: .965 in 1980
  • Slugging Percentage: .501 in 1991

    All-Americans

  • 9 Wildcats have garnered All-America status under Madison
  • Former Cat Jeff Abbott was named first-team All-America by Mizuno and the National College Baseball Writers Association in 1994
  • Chad Green earned first-team All-America honors in 1996 by the NCBWA, American Baseball Coaches Association and Baseball America
  • 6 All-America Honorable Mention selections since 1979
  • 2 Collegiate Baseball honorable mention freshman All-America: Current Wildcat pitchers Joseph Blanton and Scott Wade in 2000
  • 1 NCAA Statistical Champion: UK All-American Jeff Keener led the nation in lowest earned run average, posting a 0.51 ERA in 1981

    Academic Honors

  • 2 GTE Academic All-Americans
  • 89 Academic All-SEC selections in 24 years

    Cats at the Plate

  • 3 single-season .400 hitters:
    Jeff Abbott- .445 (102 for 229), 1994
    Brandt Ely- .422 (49 for 116), 1983
    Paul Blandford- .403 (94 for 233), 1996
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