Chris Keller is in his sixth season as the head coach of the Little Giants' soccer program after serving five years as an assistant coach at North Coast Athletic Conference rival Allegheny College.
Wabash placed third in the NCAC in 2016 with a 6-2-1 record in league play as part of an 11-6-2 overall mark. The Little Giants defeated arch-rival DePauw 1-0 and tied national powerhouse Ohio Wesleyan 2-2 in double overtime on the road. Wabash earned 11 wins in 2015, just missing a berth in the conference tournament by four points.
The 2014 campaign was a record-setting effort for Keller's team. Wabash finished 13-3-3 overall, setting the school record for total wins, shutouts (10), and consecutive games without a loss to open a season (12). The Little Giants finished 6-2-1 in North Coast Athletic Conference matches, finishing a school-best third in the final standings. Included in those victories and shutouts was a 1-0 home win against number-two ranked Kenyon. Wabash participated in the conference tournament for the first time since joining the NCAC in 1999. Six Little Giants were named to the all-conference team (Riley Pelton, Ivaylo Mantchev, Ethan Dove, Rodrigo Porras, Dayton Jennings, and Mike Gore). Gore was named the NCAC Men's Newcomer of the Year/Keller earned NCAC Men's Coach of the Year and National Soccer Coaches Association of America Men's DIII Great Lakes Regional Coach of the Year honors.
His 2012 Wabash team ranked second among North Coast Athletic Conference teams in saves per game, averaging 5.22 stops a contest. Goalkeeper Matt Paul led the league in saves with 93 for an average of 5.17 per game. The Little Giants finished 4-14 in Keller's first season, including a 2-7 mark in NCAC matches. Wabash finished 4-11-2 overall and 2-6-1 in conference play in 2013. Two freshmen — Riley Pelton and Rodrigo Porras — receiving All-NCAC honors.
Keller’s duties at Allegheny included organizing on-field training and goalkeeper sessions. He was responsible for all aspects of recruiting for the Gators, and managed the team’s junior varsity program that included scheduling of matches and travel, budgeting, and coaching. Allegheny has earned three NCAC tournament berths over the past five seasons, playing for the conference tournament title in 2007.
Keller is a graduate of the University of the Southwest, where he received a bachelor’s of science degree in psychology. He also earned a master’s of science degree in curriculum and instruction from Southwest in 2009. He also attended Riverside Community College, where Keller earned First Team All-Conference honors and was named the team’s Most Valuable Player while setting the single-season California Junior College record for assists with 28 in 2002. He was captain of the University of the Southwest soccer team that finished 12-4 in 2004. The Mustangs also clinched a conference tournament berth for the first time in school history during Keller’s time at Southwest.
Keller served as an assistant coach for both the men and women’s programs at Southwest for two seasons before taking the reigns as the men’s head soccer coach in 2006. He led the Mustangs to a Red River Conference postseason appearance while helping four players earn all-conference honors.
During his time at Allegheny, Keller also served as coach in the PA West Olympic Development Program. His ’93 Boys ODP squad produced the first Region I ODP Championship title in PA West soccer history. The ’93 Boys team earned a bronze medal at the National ODP Tournament.
Keller and his wife, Kate, reside in Crawfordsville.