Class of 2024

Pat O'Keefe

  Pat O'Keefe is not only one of the greatest high school coaches in Grand Ledge’s history, he’s one of the greatest coaches in Michigan High School history, especially in the world of baseball. Coach O’Keefe is a Standish, Michigan native, where he starred in sports at Standish-Sterling High School. He was an all-state selection in football and basketball in 1963. He went on to play baseball at Central Michigan University, lettering in 1965, 1966, 1967, and he was an all-conference selection his senior season. O'Keefe was inducted into the CMU Athletics Hall of Fame in 2009. He spent 1968-70 playing minor-league baseball in the Houston Astros organization. 

          Coach O'Keefe is an icon in Grand Ledge as the longtime Head Varsity Baseball Coach for more than 50 years and Head Varsity Football Coach for 13 seasons. He is one of only two baseball coaches in state history with more than 1,200 victories. He is the winningest Baseball Coach in Michigan High School history with 1,315 wins (as of Feb, 2020). The recently retired baseball coach guided Grand Ledge to state titles in 1977 and 1995. In 2000, he led Grand Ledge to a Class AA football state championship. He retired from coaching football in 2005 with the most total wins as the Varsity Head Coach in school history at 95, the most conference wins at 69, only one losing season (4-5), 5 conference championships, 8 playoff appearances, 4 district titles, 1 regional title, and the 2000 state title. He was named the LSJ Class A Coach of the Year 4 times (1994, 1997, 2000, 2005), the MHSFCA Class AA Regional Coach of the Year 3 times (1994, 1997, 2000), and the MHSFCA Coach of the Year in 2000. O'Keefe was inducted in the Michigan High School Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame in 1990 as well as the Greater Lansing Area Sports Hall of Fame in 2006.

         Coach O’Keefe is enjoying being fully retired by spending time with his wife of nearly 50 years, Melody, and spending time with his numerous grandkids. He still resides in downtown Grand Ledge. Coach O’Keefe quoted in the LSJ in February, 2020 upon retiring from baseball: "The community has been awesome," said O'Keefe, "I couldn't have coached in a better community that loves their sports. I've always said I coached for the kids and because of the parents, and that certainly can be said in this community. They just have been fantastic to myself and our family. This has been a great place to raise the family."