Clifford P. Keen

Founder of Cliff Keen Athletic

Our Namesake

From 1925-1970, one name was synonymous with the sport of wrestling. Cliff Keen. During that time, Coach Keen led the University of Michigan wrestling teams to a record of 268 wins, 91 losses, 9 ties and 13 Big Ten championships. Overall, he coached 68 All-Americans as well as 81 Big Ten champions.

Cliff Keen also coached the 1948 United States Olympic team and was on the U.S. Olympic Committee for many years. In addition, he served as the first president of the National Wrestling Coaches Association. Cliff also officiated Wrestling and Track & Field.  He was one of the officials the day famed athlete Jesse Owens broke 3 World Records in 1935.  

One of Cliff’s many claims to fame is inventing and developing wrestling’s first ear protection of its kind. A true innovator, Cliff Keen would be proud to see what the company he founded, has become.

Words of Wisdom
Words of Wisdom
The fundamental that every successful wrestler must acquire, and which has great carry-over value after his student days, is self-discipline.
From self-discipline stems self-confidence and belief in one's self. What greater lesson can a sport or a coach impart?
— Cliff Keen

Our Partners

From the days of Coach Keen, straight through to today, we have made it a priority to support and grow the sport of wrestling. The lessons this sport teaches us echo on well past our days on the mats. It is part of his legacy, and ours, to grow that opportunity every day.

From sponsoring major wrestling tournaments to partnering with the top wrestling conference in Div. 1 sports, we are committted to growing the sport. We also work with The Wrestling Hall of Fame, sponsor our CK Wrestling club, and countless other events and organizations in the wrestling world.

Our Products

In order to design the best-fitting, most reliable and proven wrestling gear on the planet, we must know what makes wrestlers get up every morning before dawn. Push themselves past their limits every day and make endless sacrifices.  

Legendary wrestling coach Cliff Keen brought his wisdom to the table when he started the company in 1958. For sixty years now we've been proving, improving and perfecting. We understand the dedication, hard work and passion wrestlers bring every day. That's exactly what we put into everything we create

Our Pledge

Our products are guaranteed to give 100% satisfaction every way. We do not want our customers to have anything from Cliff Keen that is not completely satisfactory.

Great product. Great service. Great finance.