Head Women's Basketball Coach
Wes Keller just wrapped up his second season as head coach of the Rocky Mountain College women’s basketball program. In Coach Keller's second season, the Battlin' Bears finished the year 15-16 overall, and fifth place finish in the Frontier Conference. Keller's team qualified for the Frontier Conference tournament for the first time since 2013. Coach Keller's team made great strides in his second season, they were ranked nationally for the first time since 2011 and defeated several nationally ranked opponents as well as cross-town rival Montana State University Billings. Coach Keller's team featured two all-conference players, Whitney Mitchell and Tenika Cepouch. Mitchell also earned All-American honors.
Before taking over the women's program at Rocky Mountain College, Coach Keller spent eight seasons assisting men’s basketball coach Bill Dreikosen and the Battlin’ Bears. During that time, the men’s basketball program won the Frontier Conference regular season championship, back-to-back Frontier Conference tournament championships, and advanced to the NAIA National Tournament three times, resulting in one NAIA Divison I National Championship.
Keller, a 1996 graduate of Helena High School, was an all-state basketball player and played collegiately at Miles Community College and UM-Western, where he earned all-conference status. His coaching career began at UM-Western, and he later moved on to be an assistant coach at Miles Community College. Keller spent two seasons at MCC before coming to Rocky Mountain College.
Keller earned a bachelor's of science degree from the University of Montana-Western.
Wes and his wife, Carie, are the proud parents of twins Hayden and Tucker.
Assistant Women's Basketball Coach
Kyle Erickson is entering his first year as an assistant with Rocky Mountain College under Coach Keller. Coach Erickson comes from Miles Community College where he served under head men's basketball coach Chase Tait. Prior to Miles Community College, Erickson spent one year on head women's coach Lindsay Wooley's bench at University Montana-Western.
Erickson played under Steve Keller at University of Montana-Western where he had a very successful playing career. Erickson was a part of three NAIA National Teams, advancing as far as the Sweet 16. Erickson's senior year he played a key role on a Western team that won its first Frontier Conference Championship under Steve Keller. Erickson's senior year he received several awards and the most notable was being named an NAIA All-American.
Erickson is from Broadview, Montana, where he was a three-sport athlete at Broadview High School. He is the son of Bart and Lynne Erickson who are both Rocky alumni. Bart and Lynne also played basketball at Rocky Mountain College while attending.
Assistant Women's Basketball Coach
Rich is entering his third year as an assistant under Coach Keller. This is his fourth coaching stint at Rocky Mountain College, serving under former women's head coaches, Scott Severance and Brian Henderson. Rich also did a two year coaching stint under the current men's coach, Bill Driekosen, in the men's program. Rich also coached one year at Minot State University in the women's basketball program under current coach Sheila Green.
Rich graduated from Joliet High School in 1987 and returned to Joliet after playing basketball for two years at Miles Community College to coach both boy's and girl's teams. Joliet's girls team made their first-ever state appearance in 1996 under the direction of Coach Hash. Rich went on to get his bachelor's degree from Rocky Mountain College and a master's from MSU Billings and MSU Bozeman. He is currently the middle school principal in the Shepherd School District after serving a five-year stint as the activities director at Shepherd.
Rich and his wife, Mary, have two children, Bryce and Connor.