In 2000, Keith was honored as Ohio’s English Teacher of the Year by the Ohio Council of Teachers of English and Language Arts, was named Who’s Who of American High School Teachers in 2005, and was inducted into the National Honor Roll of Outstanding American Teachers in 2006.
To date, Keith has published ten books and is the author of many articles directed towards teachers and coaches which have appeared in national publications like Scholastic Coach, Wesleyan Advocate, School Library Journal, Teacher Magazine, Strategies, Accent, Athletic Management, Athletic Business, Lutheran Journal, and Wrestling USA, among others. His books Wrestling Coaches Survival Guide (1995) and Writing Smarter (1998) were published by a Prentice Hall, and Coaches Choice published four more books, including 101 Ways to Motivate Athletes. In October, 2015 Black Rose Writing published Keith’s debut novel My Last Year of Life (in School).
Currently, Keith is an adjunct professor in English at Lakeland Community College and a 37 year veteran of teaching. He has taught writing and literature to students, teachers, and writers for nearly four decades at both the secondary and post-secondary levels.
In 1993 Keith earned a Master’s Degree in English (Creative Writing) from Cleveland State University. He has a Bachelor of Science from Miami University (OH) where he was the winner of the Greer-Hepburn Award for Creative Writing, and as a member of the Ohio Education Association, Keith is committed to teaching English. In addition, he serves on the editorial boards of Greenwood Publications and Momentum Media Sports Publications, and his skill as a teacher of writing has enabled him to serve as an editor of various educational newsletters and student publications. He has also conducted many in-service seminars for writers, teachers, and coaches at Lake Erie College, Notre Dame College, and Lakeland Community College.
Keith is a former wrestling coach and athletic director at Richmond Heights (OH) High School. In 2009 Keith was inducted into the Ohio Wrestling Coaches Hall of Fame after tenure of coaching that includes being named Ohio Wrestling Coach of the Year in 1988, Head Coach of the U.S.A. All Star Wrestling Team in 1989 (vs. the Oklahoma All Stars), and head coach of the Ohio All-Star Wrestling Team in 1991. The Greater Cleveland Wrestling Coaches and Officials Association awarded Keith their Coach of the Year award in 1989 and their Award of Merit in 2002, and the Ohio High School Athletic Association honored Keith with their State Award in 2013.
Keith lives in Willoughby with his wife and three children.