Cliff Keen Athletic is a wrestling and officials wear company, dedicated to the advancement of athletics through innovative products and communications. Cliff Keen Athletic exemplifies the rich traditions of sport and the superior quality of athletic wear required for holding up to the rigors of competition.


When creating perfect wrestling uniforms, we don't start with your body. We start with your mind.

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. And for fifty some years, we've been proving, improving and perfecting. We understand the dedication, hard work and passion wrestlers bring every day. And that's exactly what we put into everything we create.


Strike. Traveling. Holding. Tripping. No matter what the call, they call us first.

That's because we are dedicated to creating the most reliable, comfortable, durable and practical official's gear on the planet. We believe that officials must be at the top of their game every day, and we understand that, without you, there is no sport. We keep that philosophy in mind when developing and testing our products. It's one of Cliff Keen's main focuses. In fact, major high school, collegiate, and professional associations look to Cliff Keen as their leading manufacturer for officials apparel. Because we know how important your game is to you. And how important you are to your game.


"I believe that wrestling plays a highly educational part in the development of a boy. 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?"

From 1925-1970, one name was synonymous with collegiate 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.

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  • Wrestling Coach, University of Michigan, 1925-1970.
  • 13 Big Ten Championships
  • Coach - 1948 Olympic Team
  • First President, National Wrestling Coaches Association
  • Charter Member, National Wrestling Hall of Fame
  • Inventor of the Wrestling Head Guard