Who is April Ross's husband? Bradley Keenan coached US Women's Volleyball team
April Ross and Alix Klineman, the second-seeded Americans, are now guaranteed a beach volleyball medal, after winning their match against the Swiss on Wednesday, August 4. Before the Swiss, Joana Heidrich and Anouk Verge-Depre, got on the scoreboard, Ross and Klineman, dubbed "The A-Team", were up 3-0 and went on to win the set by a nine-point margin.
Japan went ahead with this year's Olympics, even as games-related Covid-19 cases continue to rise, leading to several athletes pulling out of the event. With Tokyo facing a triple health threat, the Summer Games were very close to being canceled last minute. But that is not on the cards for April Ross, a beach volleyball player who's eyeing gold during the finals on Thursday, August 5.
MEAWW recently reported on the love lives of various Olympians competing in Tokyo, including Rohan Browning, who beat Yohan Blake at the men's 100m sprint heat, and sprinter Trayvon Bromwell. Norwegian hurdler Karsten Warholm shattered his own world record at the Tokyo Olympics and his girlfriend Oda Djuvpik also won a personal battle over cancer recently. Outside of April Ross's terrific performance, here's what you need to know about her love life.
Who is April Ross's husband?
According to Heavy, April Ross‘ husband is 34-year-old Bradley Keenan. He's also a former professional beach volleyball player who was appointed to coach the beach volleyball team at Arizona State University in May. The couple has been married since 2010. Websites like Aussie Celebs said they divorced in 2018, but this information has not been confirmed, as they are known to still be married according to sites like Nicki Swift. Ross hasn't uploaded any photographs of them in a while, leading some to believe they've split up.
In May 2016, Keenan, a native of Westminster, California, was named the new beach volleyball coach at Arizona State University. Stevie Mussie, the volleyball director and indoor coach, chose him. “His volleyball resume has more than prepared him to lead our beach program,” Mussie had told AZCentral. “Throughout the interview process, his name kept coming up, and people at the highest levels of volleyball across the country spoke very highly of him and his abilities. When he stepped on campus, everything I heard prior to his arrival was confirmed, and there is no doubt in my mind he belongs here.”
Keenan was a graduate assistant coach at Concordia University in Irvine, California, prior to joining ASU, where he was pursuing his Master's Degree in Exercise and Sports Science, the website added. He also holds a BS in Accounting from Malibu's Pepperdine University. According to his LinkedIn profile, Keenan was pro-tem and volunteer assistant coach of the women's national volleyball team from 2015-16.
Ross and Keenan married in 2010 on what Ross described to NBC Olympics as "one of the funniest nights of my life." She stated the day involved her donning her bridal gown and diving into a pool. Keenan made his professional debut on the AVP tour in 2006, and Ross frequently shared the stage with him. The Orange County Register reports that they began dating in 2007.
“I don’t get nervous,” Keenan told the newspaper in 2014 when asked if he gets nervous watching his wife play. “I was pretty nervous at the Olympics. But I don’t know. I don’t really get nervous when I’m watching her. She always just plays well. She’s not in too many situations that would make me nervous.”
Ross and Keenan both won the season's opening AVP tournament in St. Petersburg, Florida, in 2014. Ross won with Kerri Walsh Jennings, who she is playing with in the Olympics. Keenan won with partner John Mayer. “That was one of my favorite days playing volleyball ever. Just the fact that we won together,” Ross said to the OC Register after the win. The duo is, however, very competitive, even when they're just in the weight room. “He’s learned to accept it,” Ross said.
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According to thesundevils.com, Keenan is the loving father of two kids, daughter Peri and son Wells. They do have a cat named Critter, whom they adore as if he were a child. When they were still dating, Keenan rescued her from a shelter. “People ask us about her at get-togethers like she’s our child,” Ross said of Critter, who has her own Twitter account, @CritterTheeCat..“She hunts birds and brings them to us as gifts, it’s gross, but it’s her way of contributing to our family and we spoil her with treats.”