US Naval Academy, US Marine Corps
Lloyd "Butch" Keaser. . .Two Time Naval Academy All-America. . .Won Naval Academy's Thompson Trophy Cup in 1971. . .Awarded the Naval Academy Ailver Sword in 1972...Won two AAU titles in 1973 and 1976. . .Won Gold in the 1973 World Cup and World Freestyle Championship. . .1973 Amateur Wrestling's Man of the Year. . .Won the Silver Medal in the 1976 Olympics in Montreal, Canada. . .Born February 9, 1950, in Baltimore, MD...
Lloyd "Butch" Weldon Keaser was born in Baltimore, MD on February 9, 1950. At Brooklyn High School, Keaser excelled and was a two-time All-District wrestler who caught the eye of Naval Academy wrestling coach Ed Peery.
Under the coaching of Hall of Famer Ed Peery, Keaser won three straight Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association titles from 1970 to 1972, and twice won All-American honors at 167 pounds. In addition, Keaser won the Naval Academy's Thompson Trophy Cup in 1971 and was awarded the Naval Academy Silver Sword given to the Academy's outstanding varsity athlete in 1972. Keaser finished his college career with a record of 54-6-1, placing fourth and third in the NCAA during his junior and senior years.
After his graduation from the Naval Academy, Keaser's wrestling career soared during his five years of active duty with the Marine Corps. Serving as an instructor at the Officer Candidate School at Marine Corps Base Quantico, VA, Keaser won two National Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) titles in 1973 and 1976; a bronze and silver medal in the Soviet Union Tbilisi Tournament in 1973 and 1974; and gold medals in the 1973 World Cup and World Freestyle Championships, for which he was voted amateur wrestling's Man of the Year. In 1974, Keaser captured Gold in both the Conseil International du Sport Militaire (CISM) World Military Games and the Pan-Am games.
While still on active duty, Keaser returned to the Naval Academy as an instructor and assistant coach of the wrestling team from 1975 to 1977. During this time, Keaser authored the Official History of Navy Wrestling for the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.
In 1976, Lloyd Keaser became the first African-American to win an Olympic medal in the sport of wrestling earning the Silver Medal in the 1976 Olympic games in Montreal, Canada.
His leadership and influence in the community is evident in his many honors and awards. In 1976, at the early age of 26, Keaser's hometown honored him when the community center was opened bearing his name, 'The Lloyd W. Keaser Community Center'. This building was his former elementary school that had been closed for years.
After his discharge as a Captain from the Marine Corps in 1977, Keaser joined IBM as a system engineer, where he still works today. In 1996, Keaser was inducted as a Distinguished Member of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. Keaser is still active in the community and does motivational speaking to youth at schools and sports camps in the Baltimore area.