Dallas native Kyle Keller is in his second season as an assistant basketball coach at Texas A&M.
Keller came to Aggieland after three seasons as an assistant at the University of Kansas. He has been involved in college basketball for over two decades and brings 22 seasons of coaching experience to College Station. He has coached over 20 players that are now or have played in the NBA. The long-tenured assistant, who spent 13 seasons on the sidelines in the solid Big 12 Conference before A&M’s move to the SEC, has been a part of five conference titles, nine NCAA Tournament runs, three Elite Eight appearances and a trip to the Final Four in 2004.
In his three seasons in Lawrence, Keller was on staff for 95 wins, three straight Big 12 regular-season championships (2009, 2010, 2011) and two Big 12 postseason championship titles (2010, 2011). KU entered the 2010 NCAA Tournament as the No. 1 overall seed and advanced to the Elite Eight this past April. While he was on staff at Kansas, two Jayhawks were lottery picks in the NBA Draft (Cole Aldrich and Xavier Henry) while Sherron Collins also played in the league for the Charlotte Bobcats.
Prior to his stint with the Jayhawks, Keller served nine years on the Oklahoma State men's basketball staff under head coaches Eddie Sutton and Sean Sutton. As director of basketball operations and assistant coach at OSU, Keller helped in recruiting, coaching, scouting, academics and team travel. In Stillwater, Keller served as an assistant coach from 1999-2002, as the director of basketball operations from 2002-06 and assistant coach from 2006-08.
While at OSU, Keller was instrumental in the development of 11 all-conference performers, including All-Americans Tony Allen, John Lucas and Joey Graham. Keller has also coached numerous NBA players including the aforementioned All-Americans as well as Maurice Baker, Stephen Graham, Desmond Mason, Ivan McFarlin, Melvin Sanders at Oklahoma State and P.J. Brown and Kaniel Dickens during other coaching stints.
Keller was on staff for OSU's run to the 2004 Final Four, two Elite Eight teams in 2000 and 2004 and three Sweet 16 appearances. The Cowboys advanced to postseason play nine times, including six NCAA Tournaments during Keller's tenure. Additionally, OSU's 2006 recruiting class was ranked No. 1 by Rivals.com.
A native of Dallas, Keller returned to Stillwater after spending several years at the NCAA Division I and junior college levels. He spent the 1997-98 and 1998-99 seasons as head coach at Tyler (Texas) Junior College and guided the Apaches to the Region XIV playoffs both seasons.
Keller started his coaching career on the Louisiana Tech staff from 1990-94 where the Bulldogs advanced to the postseason twice. From Ruston, he went to Tyler Junior College as an assistant coach the next two years, advancing to the regional playoffs and national tournament. He then served one season on staff at Texas-San Antonio (1996-97) before returning as head coach at Tyler JC.
Keller earned his bachelor's degree in business management from OSU in 1990 and his master's degree in human relations and supervision from Louisiana Tech in 1991. He was a student assistant coach as an undergrad at OSU, a staff which included current KU head coach Bill Self.
Keller is married to the former Chaunsea Olin, a native of Liberal, Kan. The couple has a daughter, Kenzie, and a son, Kemper.
THE KELLER FILE
- Birthplace: Dallas, Texas
- Wife: the former Chaunsea Olin
- Children: Kenzie, Kemper
- Education: Oklahoma State, 1990 (bachelor's in business management)
Louisiana Tech, 1991 (master's in human relations and supervision)
- 2011-: Texas A&M (assistant coach)
- 2008-11: Kansas (video coordinator)
- 2006-08: Oklahoma State (assistant coach)
- 2002-06: Oklahoma State (director of operations)
- 1999-02: Oklahoma State (assistant coach)
- 1997-99: Tyler Junior College (head coach)
- 1996-97: UTSA (assistant coach)
- 1994-96: Tyler Junior College (assistant coach)
- 1990-94: Louisiana Tech (assistant coach)
- 1989-90: Oklahoma State (student assistant coach)