Illinois State University head women’s basketball coach Kristen Gillespie announced the promotion of Jessica Keller to be the new associate head coach after being an assistant coach for the past three seasons.

Before Keller’s time with ISU, she served as the head coach at Columbia College for three seasons leading them to an overall record of 75-24 and two NAIA National Tournament appearances. She also spent time at Minnesota State University and Quincy University as a graduate assistant coach.

During her time in Normal, she has helped ISU to back-to-back 19-win seasons and has played a pivotal role to the program’s development of five All-Missouri Valley Conference players. In each of her three seasons, Illinois State has finished better than its predicted preseason poll with Keller on the staff.

“I could not be more thrilled to promote Jessica Keller to associate head coach,” Gillespie said. “In the last three years, Jess has made a huge impact in all areas of our program, including in the development of our players, in scouting opponents and executing game plans, and on the recruiting trail. There is not an aspect of the program she doesn’t have a hand in, and I know the future of ISU women’s basketball is bright with her on our side.”

MATT PETROVITCH is a Sports Reporter for The Vidette. He can be contacted at Follow him on Twitter at @matt_petrovitch 

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