Dolphins Name Three To Coaching Staff

Posted Feb 4, 2012

The Miami Dolphins today named Lou Anarumo as their defensive backs coach, Phil McGeoghan as assistant wide receivers coach and Ken O'Keefe as the wide receivers coach on Head Coach Joe Philbin’s staff for the upcoming season.

Lou Anarumo (pronounced ann-UH-room-OH) comes to Miami after eight seasons as the defensive backs coach at Purdue University. In 2011, cornerback Ricardo Allen was named a second team all-conference selection for the second consecutive year. Starting from scratch with four new starters in 2010, the Boilermaker secondary featured true freshman Allen, who returned two interceptions for touchdowns, finished with three interceptions and led the Big Ten in interception return yardage en route to earning freshman All-America honors and second team all-conference recognition. Cornerbacks Brandon King and David Pender were named second team All-Big Ten in 2009, while safety Torri Williams was an honorable mention selection. In 2008, Purdue’s pass defense ranked third overall in the Big Ten, surrendering just 183.2 yards per game. That figure dropped to 152.5 yards in conference games and was tops in the Big Ten. Anarumo was named one of the nation's top secondary coaches by Dennis Dodd of in June of 2008. From 2005 to 2006, the Boilermakers rebuilt their secondary and improved from 287.3 passing yards allowed per game to 241.2 yards.

Anarumo joined the Purdue staff following three seasons at Marshall, where he coached the defensive backs from 2001 to 2003. He also served as special teams coordinator in 2003. While in charge of the secondary at Marshall, the Thundering Herd ranked in the top 10 nationally twice in passing defense, 10th in 2003 and sixth in 2002. Marshall compiled a 30-8 record over the three seasons and won the GMAC Bowl in 2001 and 2002. Prior to his stint at Marshall, Anarumo was assistant head coach at Harvard from 1995 to 2000, working with the defensive backs and coordinating the special teams. During his tenure, he helped build a pass defense regarded among the finest in the Ivy League. The Crimson led the league in pass efficiency defense in 1999 and ranked second in interceptions in 2000. From 1992 to 1994, Anarumo was the defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach at the United States Merchant Marine Academy. He also served as the admissions liaison to the athletics department. Anarumo was a graduate assistant coach at Syracuse during the 1990 and 1991 seasons. From January to June 1990, he was a part-time running backs coach at Wagner College. Anarumo filled that same role at the United States Merchant Marine Academy from September 1989 to January 1990.

McGeoghan (pronounced muh-GAY-gehn) joins Miami after spending three seasons as the wide receivers coach at the University of South Florida. In 2011, three USF receivers, Sterling Griffin (43), Victor Marc (33) and Deonte Welch (31) caught over 30 receptions. In 2010, senior Dontavia Bogan produced one of the best seasons in USF history with 685 yards (No. 2 on USF's single-season list) and six TDs (T-No. 2 on USF's single-season list) on 47 receptions (No. 5 on USF's single-season list). In his first season with the Bulls, USF wide receivers were constant big play threats, as both Carlton Mitchell and A.J. Love each averaged more than 17 yards per catch, with Love's 18.8 clip ranking third all-time at USF.

After a successful career as a wide receiver at the University of Maine (1998-2000), McGeoghan played in the NFL for four seasons with the New Orleans Saints, Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders and the New York Jets - in addition to playing in NFL Europe for the Berlin Thunder. He returned to Maine as an assistant coach with responsibilities over the tight ends and wide receivers. In 2008, he worked as the offensive coordinator for the Naval Academy Prep School, which oversees the professional and athletic development of midshipmen and cadet candidates.

O'Keefe joins the Dolphins after spending the previous 13 seasons as offensive coordinator at the University of Iowa. In 2011, Iowa’s offense was led by senior WR Marvin McNutt, Jr., junior QB James Vandenberg and sophomore RB Marcus Coker. McNutt set single-season (1,315) and career (2,861) records for receiving yards and touchdowns (12 and 28). His 82 receptions tied the single-season record. Vandenberg threw for 3,022 yards and 25 touchdowns, completing 58.7% of his pass attempts. Coker’s rushing total of 1,384 yards ranks fourth best for a single season at Iowa in addition to his rushing mark, the running back scored 15 touchdowns in 2011. Under O’Keefe’s direction, Vandenberg passed for over 3,000 yards and had 25 touchdown passes in his first year as a starter in 2011.

O'Keefe was the head coach at Fordham University in 1998 and was the head coach at Allegheny College for eight seasons (1990-97). His career record of 83-17-1 includes a 79-10-1 mark at Allegheny, where his team won five North Coast Athletic Conference titles and the 1990 NCAA Division III national title. O'Keefe led Allegheny to four undefeated regular seasons (1990, 1991, 1994 and 1996) and six NCAA playoff appearances. For his outstanding first year at Allegheny, O'Keefe was named NCAA Division III Coach of the Year in 1990. He was also named conference Coach of the Year four times (1990, 1991, 1993 and 1996) while at Allegheny. All eight of his teams ranked among the nation's top 12 at the end of the season and he coached 38 All-Americans. Prior to becoming head coach at Allegheny, O'Keefe served as offensive line coach (1986-87) and offensive coordinator (1988-89) there. Ken was an assistant coach at the University of New Haven in 1976 and 1977. In 1985, he coached Fort Worth (TX) Country Day School, and from 1978-84 he led Worcester (MA) Academy to a 37-11 record and three New England Class A prep championships.