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New Asst WBB Coach - Jessica Keller

Red Don

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:Welcome2: Jessica Keller :nod:



The Belle, Missouri, native played collegiately at Quincy from 2005 to 2009.......Keller comes to Nebraska after spending five seasons as an assistant at Illinois State, including two seasons as the associate head coach. In her final season with the Redbirds, Keller helped lead Illinois State to the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament title and a bid to the 2022 NCAA Tournament.
"We are thrilled to add Jessica Keller to our Husker women's basketball staff," Williams said. "She is an outstanding basketball mind with great teaching skills and she has established herself as a person of high character and integrity. She is a tireless worker that fits perfectly with the culture here at Nebraska, and I am excited to have her pouring into the young women in our program."
Before serving five seasons as an assistant at ISU, Keller spent three successful seasons as the head coach at Columbia College in Missouri.

Keller compiled a 75-24 overall record in three seasons at the NAIA level, including a 55-17 mark in the American Midwest Conference. She coached the Cougars to a pair of NAIA Tournament appearances. Columbia opened her second season as head coach with a school-record 19 consecutive wins and achieved the highest ranking in school history at No. 3 in the NAIA Division I Coaches' Poll. Her Cougar teams were ranked in 31 out of 34 polls during her tenure.

Keller's teams played tough defense at Columbia College, holding opponents to a school-record 56.6 points per game in her final season in 2016-17. It broke the previous record set by her 2015-16 Cougar squad. She was named to the Women's Basketball Coaches Association's (WBCA) 30 Under 30 Inaugural Class. She coached 10 all-conference and five All-America selections in three seasons at Columbia College.
 
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Red Don

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Here is an interview with new Asst Coach Jessica Keller on Sports Nighty; about 10 minutes (starting about the 1:22:30 mark through about 1:32:00).


The hosts indicated Coach Amy Williams was looking particularly for a good 'cultural' fit with the team, program and coaches. I think they've fit the bill in that regard. The Interview didn't discuss specific duties or delineation of responsibilities, though it may be a little too soon yet, as practice is just starting, and all the players have not returned to Lincoln yet. I get the feeling responsibilities are something of a work in progress. I'm not sure we'll ever know much more about coaching duties than what we already do.
 

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Good Article by Brent Wagner in 6/16/22 LJS on Coach Keller. Goes into some detail regarding her (and other asst coaches) responsibilities. :thumbsup: (does not seem to be behind any paywall).

When Williams set out to hire a new coach, she sought a “beat-the-path recruiter” who will put in the work to develop relationships with prospects.

On the practice court, Keller will work in a director of player development role, meaning she’ll work with all positions. Goehle will coach the posts, and Mays the guards. When Goehle or Mays is on the road recruiting, Keller will be able to step in and coach their position group seamlessly.
 
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