Stevie Keller Named Interim Head Coach for NDSU Women’s Track & Field and Cross Country

FARGO, N.D. – The North Dakota State University athletic department announced today that longtime Bison assistant track & field coach Stevie Keller has been elevated to serve as interim head coach for the women’s track & field and cross country programs.

Keller began his coaching career at NDSU as a graduate assistant in 2000 and recently completed his 14th year on the staff. He was promoted to associate head coach of women’s and men’s track & field in August 2008.

Ryun Godfrey, who spent 15 years as head coach of the Bison program, announced on Tuesday, Sept. 23, that he had accepted a position at Kansas State University.

“I am pleased to announce that Stevie Keller has accepted the responsibility of serving as the interim head women’s cross country and track and field coach, effective immediately,” said NDSU director of women’s athletics Lynn Dorn. “This move ensures continuity and stability for our very successful program. Well-suited to lead, Coach Keller possesses a wealth of coaching experience and knowledge. He is well-respected by his colleagues, peers and the student-athletes alike.”

Keller will be leading a program that has won three straight Summit League ‘Triple Crowns’, sweeping the league’s cross country, indoor and outdoor titles in each of the last three years. The Bison have won all 14 Summit League track and field team titles since joining the league prior to the 2008 season.

“We have a great group of student-athletes who are highly motivated to continue the rich tradition of North Dakota State track and field,” said Keller. “Our coaching staff has a tremendous passion and knowledge of the sport of track and field, which will help us make a seamless transition.”

In his tenure at NDSU, Keller has directed the Bison to unprecedented success in the multi-events, hurdles and pole vault. Since NDSU gained full Division I status in 2008, Keller’s student-athletes have built an impressive list of accomplishments. In all, Keller-coached athletes have earned 191 All-Summit League honors and 68 Summit League titles over the past seven seasons.

Keller has mentored six Bison athletes to a combined 11 All-America honors since 2009, including Whitney Carlson, Leslie Brost, Deborah John and Andy Lillejord in the last four seasons.




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