Head Football Coach
Bill Keopple became the 19th head football coach at Southern Arkansas in December 2008.
is now in his
fourth season as the head coach of the Muleriders
, and the program has made significant strides in the newly formed Great American Conference
brings 29 years of coaching experience to the Muleriders
, including 18 years as an assistant on the collegiate level with stops at Arkansas, Boise State Tulsa and Central Arkansas.
came to SAU from Arkansas High in Texarkana where he
teams to two consecutive state championships 2006 and 2007.
teams were 44-26-1 during his
six seasons, advancing to the state playoffs the last five seasons and in 2005 and 2006, his
Razorback teams were 6A South Conference champions.
was honored in 2006 as the 6A
State Farm Coach of the Year, as well as 6A Outstanding Coach by the National Football Foundation
in both 2006 and 2007.
He was selected to serve on the high school football All-Star coaching staffs in 2004 and 2007.
Before taking over the reins at Texarkana, Keopple spent the 2002 season at the University of Tulsa on former Arkansas defensive coordinator Keith Burns' staff.
Keopple served as an assistant under Houston Nutt at Arkansas in 1998 and 1999 and was with Nutt at Boise State in 1997, coaching the defensive line at both schools.
The Razorbacks were 1998 SEC Western Division champions and finished 9-3, playing Michigan in the Citrus Bowl.
The 1999 Razorbacks went 8-4 and defeated Texas in the Cotton Bowl, finishing the season 12th in rushing defense and 17th in total defense.
went to Boise State from Newport High School where he
was head coach and athletic director in 1996.
guided the Greyhounds to the state playoffs with an 8-3 record, giving him an overall mark of 52-29-1 in his
seven years as a head coach on the high school level.
Graduating with a B.S.E. in 1982 and an M.S.E. in 1986 from Central Arkansas, Keopple
coaching career there in 1982 as a graduate assistant working with the offensive line.
He spent 14 years with the Bears, tutoring the offensive line the entire time and serving as offensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator from 1990-95.
tenure at UCA, the Bears won three NAIA national championships and 10 consecutive conference championships from 1983-92 in the former Arkansas Intercollegiate Conference (AIC).
A native of Little Rock Arkansas, Keopple
is the son of Hall of Fame high school coach C.W. Keopple.
A 1976 graduate of Parkview High School
played on the 1974 and 1976 state championship teams and was an all-state and super team selection his
During his playing days at Central Arkansas, Keopple was a member of two conference championship teams and was an honorable mention selection on both the All-NAIA District 17 and All-AIC teams.
senior season he
was selected team captain by his
teammates, and the Bears were the regular season No. 1 team in the country with an undefeated record, advancing to the national playoffs.
has been a part of 18 championship teams as a player and coach.
is married to the former Marsha Lee Belew from Beebe and has two adult children.