Keeler Callahan was named coach of both the Thomas Worthington and Worthington Kilbourne high school swimming and diving programs July 12.
He replaces his father, Jim Callahan, who guided the Cardinals for 36 seasons and the Wolves for 26.
“Obviously, my father has been the biggest influence in my life and in swimming,” said Keeler Callahan, who graduated from Kilbourne in 2012 and Ohio State in 2016. “I’ve got great connections here through my dad and my family and I’ve been coaching at Worthington Hills the past four seasons.”
He competed all four seasons at Ohio State, specializing in freestyle events. He still holds the Kilbourne record of 46.79 seconds in the 100 free.
“Keeler is an awesome kid and a Kilbourne graduate and everyone involved in the programs here and at Thomas was asking us to bring him home,” Kilbourne athletics director Jeff Todd said. “We’re excited. He’s been involved with the Worthington community his entire life.
“He knows our families and our kids and the Callahan family is a strong name in the community.”
Keeler Callahan also was an assistant coach at St. Charles the past three seasons. He teaches physical education in the Olentangy school district.
“There could be a lot of carryover from my dad because I want us to build on the traditions in the programs,” he said. “However, I want to implement new things that I learned at Ohio State to help catapult us forward as well.”
Jim Callahan’s teams won 24 league titles, with Thomas winning 11 and Kilbourne 13. The teams combined to win six district titles during his tenure, and he coached 110 athletes who earned All-American honors.