Wes Keller takes over Rocky women

BILLINGS — The Frontier Conference has another Keller as a head basketball coach.

Rocky Mountain College named Wes Keller as the next head women’s basketball coach on Monday. Keller, the son of Montana Western men’s coach Steve Keller, will replace Brian Henderson, who resigned last week after 13 years at the school.

“It’s a natural progression for us,” Rocky athletic director Robert Beers said Monday night. “He’s going to get a head coaching job, and you’d hate to lose somebody who has meant so much to your program.”

Keller, a Montana Western graduate, has coached in the Rocky Mountain men’s program the last eight seasons. He was an associate head coach under Bill Dreikosen. Keller, who was part of the 2009 national championship team, was also the head junior varsity coach.

“You hate to take away from your best program and put him in another program,” Beers said.

The AD, though, said he still expects Dreikosen and Keller to stay close. He also thinks Keller will be able to easily take over the reins of the women’s program that fell on hard times this past season.

“Him and ‘Hendu’ have a great relationship,” Beers said. “It will be a smooth transition.”

Keller also coached at Montana Western and Miles Community College. Before that, Keller was an All-State player at Helena High School, where he graduate in 1996.

The new job will allow Keller, his wife Carie and their young twins Hayden and Tucker to stay in Billings.

Beers said that is a win for the Battlin’ Bears.

“Wes is a hell of a coach,” Beers said. “We’re lucky to have him.”