PPI would like to congratulate alumnus Keith Urgo, who has just been appointed as Assistant Coach with the Villanova Wildcats Men’s Varsity team. For the previous two years, Keith had served as manager of basketball operations for Wildcats. Back in 2002, however, Keith worked in South Africa with PPI as one of its first “Fellows.”
Earlier this year Keith spoke with us about how PPI gave him the courage to pursue his dream of coaching college basketball. You can check out the interview here. All of us at PeacePlayers International are very proud of Keith and we wish him and his team the best of luck in the upcoming season. Go Wildcats!
UPDATE: Congratulations to Keith on his promotion to Assistant Coach at Villanova!
Keith Urgo was one of the first volunteers to join Sean Tuohey in South Africa in 2002, and also played a leading role in the founding of PPI – NI. Now he’s the Director of Basketball Operations for Jay Wright’s Villanova Wildcats (currently ranked 3rd in the nation). PPI talked to Keith about the early days of “Playing for Peace,” and how he landed his role at a top-flight NCAA basketball program.
PPI: Is there any direct way that your experience with PeacePlayers International has fed into what you’re doing now?
Keith Urgo: There’s no question at all. Moving to South Africa with Sean and Devin and then starting the program in Northern Ireland pretty much from scratch gave me the courage to go after what I want, and I wanted to be involved in college basketball. I want to be head coach one day and run my own program. The #1 thing that PeacePlayers gave me was the kind of courage to go out and pursue that.