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NU women's hoops adds assistant coach Jessica Keller

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Jessica Keller has been hired as an assistant coach for the Nebraska women’s basketball team, the program announced on Monday.

She replaces Chuck Love, who resigned last month after being suspended in February.

Keller comes to Nebraska after spending five seasons as an assistant at Illinois State, including two seasons as the associate head coach. In her final season with the Redbirds, Keller helped lead Illinois State to the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament title and a bid to the NCAA Tournament.

"We are thrilled to add Jessica Keller to our Husker women's basketball staff," Nebraska coach Amy Williams said in a news release. "She is an outstanding basketball mind with great teaching skills and she has established herself as a person of high character and integrity. She is a tireless worker that fits perfectly with the culture here at Nebraska.”

Before serving five seasons as an assistant at ISU, Keller spent three successful seasons as the head coach at Columbia College in Missouri.

Keller compiled a 75-24 overall record in three seasons at the NAIA level, including a 55-17 mark in the American Midwest Conference. She coached the Cougars to a pair of NAIA Tournament appearances. Columbia opened her second season as head coach with a school-record 19 consecutive wins and achieved the highest ranking in school history at No. 3.

Prior to her time at Columbia College, Keller served as the assistant coach at Minnesota State University in Mankato from 2011 to 2014. Her final two seasons as an assistant at Minnesota State were spent under head coach Emilee (Gusso) Thiesse, the sister of Williams.

The Belle, Missouri, native played in college at Quincy, an NCAA Division II program in Illinois. She graduated as the school's career leader in points (1,823), steals (324), free throws made (487).


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Brent Wagner has worked at the Journal Star for 19 years, including 11 years covering the Nebraska volleyball program. His other beats include Nebraska women’s basketball, high school cross country and high school soccer.

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