Keller named coach at Wabash
|Chris Keller goes from the
east end of the NCAC to the west end.
Allegheny athletics photo
Wabash president Patrick E. White has appointed Chris Keller as
the school's new head soccer coach. Keller served as an assistant
coach at North Coast Athletic Conference rival Allegheny for the
past five seasons.
"Chris Keller comes from a solid, background of coaching at Allegheny College ...” White said. “He has experience in taking young men and their ambitions seriously, on and off the soccer pitch. I look forward to welcoming him to Wabash and seeing him begin to take our soccer program to new heights."
Keller replaces Roberto Giannini, who resigned in June with a
career mark of 37-66-8. Wabash was 8-9-2 last season, 3-6 in the
NCAC. Allegheny went 11-7-1, 4-4-1 in conference.
Keller's duties at Allegheny included organizing on-field training and goalkeeper sessions. He was responsible for all aspects of recruiting for the Gators, and managed the team's junior varsity program that included scheduling of matches and travel, budgeting, and coaching. Allegheny has earned three NCAC tournament berths over the past five seasons, playing for the conference tournament title in 2007.
“I'm very excited to accept the position as the head coach at Wabash,” Keller said. “The strong academic and athletic tradition was a big draw for me. There is so much potential for Wabash to be a great soccer program with the facilities, the talent level of the players, and the support the team receives from the college and the local community.
“I'm also thrilled for the opportunity to remain in the NCAC. There are no easy games in the conference. Every game is about being prepared and playing consistently regardless of which team you might be playing. I'm ready to take on that challenge.”
Keller is a graduate of the University of the Southwest, where he received a bachelor's of science degree in psychology. He also earned a master's of science degree in curriculum and instruction from Southwest in 2009. He also attended Riverside Community College, where Keller earned First Team All-Conference honors and was named the team's Most Valuable Player while setting the single-season California Junior College record for assists with 28 in 2002. He was captain of the University of the Southwest soccer team that finished 12-4 in 2004. The Mustangs also clinched a conference tournament berth for the first time in school history during Keller's time at Southwest.
Keller served as an assistant coach for both the men and women's
programs at Southwest for two seasons before taking the reins as
the men's head soccer coach in 2006. He led the Mustangs to a Red
River Conference postseason appearance while helping four players
earn all-conference honors.
During his time at Allegheny, Keller also served as coach in the PA West Olympic Development Program. His '93 Boys ODP squad produced the first Region I ODP Championship title in PA West soccer history. The '93 Boys team earned a bronze medal at the National ODP Tournament.
“Coach Keller comes to us ready to hit the ground running,” dean of students Mike Raters '85 said. “His enthusiasm, emphasis on discipline on and off the pitch, knowledge of NCAC soccer, and his energy and passion for recruiting enabled him to stand out in a strong pool of candidates.
“Congratulations to director of athletics Joe Haklin '73 and the search committee on a job well done, yielding an outstanding new leader of our soccer program.”
“Chris made it very clear throughout the interview process that he wanted to take on the challenge of building a national soccer program, and I think he's the right man for the job,” Haklin added. “I also want to thank the search committee and everyone on campus who participated in the hiring process.”
Keller will begin his duties immediately.