Head Men’s Basketball Coach
Phone: (406) 791-5924
Steve Keller became the head coach of the University of Providence men's basketball program in March 2018, after eleven years coaching for conference rival University of Montana Western.
During Keller's inaugural season as the Argos head coach, he led the program to an 18-12 overall record and a 9-9 conference finish, ending the season fourth in the Frontier.
Under Keller, the UMW Bulldogs averaged twenty wins per season and have been to the NAIA national tournament eight of his final nine seasons at the school. During that time, the Bulldogs advanced to the second round five times and the quarterfinals twice.
Keller has coached eight NAIA All-Americans at Montana Western: Dom Robinson and Zaccheus Darko-Kelly in 2018, Robinson and Shyke Smalls in 2017, Smalls and Dexter Williams, Jr. in 2016, Williams, Jr. and Stephen McCall in 2015, Jake Owsley in 2013, Kyle Erickson in 2012, and Brandon Brown in 2012 and 2011. Brown was also named MVP of the conference both years and was a two-time First-Team NAIA All-American.
Keller is a 1974 graduate of Custer (Mont.) High School, 1978 graduate of Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Mont. where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in history. He received his master’s degree from Northern Montana College.
Keller averaged 21.5 points per game during his four-year career at Custer, scoring 2,206 career points, ranking him ninth all-time in the Montana High School Association record books. Keller, who was known for his quickness and toughness, also holds career marks for free throws made and attempted in the MHSA record books.
Keller played baseball for the Rocky Mountain College Battlin' Bears from 1975-78, under longtime Rocky professor and coach, C.R. Stiffler.
Keller is a 38-year Montana coaching veteran – 33 as a head coach. He began his career at Opheim High School, where he led the Vikings to three-straight Class C girls' basketball state championships (1982-84).
In 1985, Keller took over the Helena High School girls' basketball program, and led the Bengals to three Class AA state titles in 1990, 1991 and 1997. As the boys' assistant basketball coach, the Bengals claimed the 1991 state championship.
Keller racked up an impressive 610-180 record as a Montana high school head coach.
In 2004, Keller moved on to the college ranks, serving as Gary Turcott's men's basketball assistant coach at Carroll College until 2007. He was then named the head men's basketball coach at Montana Western in 2007. Under Keller, the Bulldogs have compiled a 231-124 record, while winning three Frontier Conference titles, as well as qualifying for the NAIA National Tournament seven times.
Keller is a four-time Frontier Conference Coach of Year. He was inducted into the Montana Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2005.
He took over coaching the Montana team in the Midland Roundtable Montana-Wyoming all-star basketball series in 2012 and has a perfect 14-0 record during that time.
Steve and his wife, Mary Kay, have two sons. Wes is the head women’s basketball coach at Rocky Mountain College, and Josh is the head girls’ and boys’ basketball coach at Twin Bridges High School. Both Wes and Josh earned their degrees from Montana Western and played basketball for the Bulldogs under Coach Mark Durham. Steve and Mary Kay also have three daughters: Shandi, who recently completed eleven years of service in the army as a Blackhawk helicopter pilot; Hayley, a kindergarten teacher in Montana City, and Nicole, a junior at MSU Billings. They are also the proud grandparents of twins Hayden and Tucker (10), Cassie (7), Kansas (5), and Neisa (2).
Coach Bill Himmelberg enters his seventh year as the Lady Argos head coach after leading the Lady Argos to their 2nd consecutive appearance in Elite Eight at the NAIA national tournament.
Under Himmelberg leadership the Lady Argos have a school record 98 wins and have broken more than 24 different school records. During the 2015-16 season the program reached the Frontier Conference Championship Game, finishing with 24 victories tying a school records for wins set in 2014-15.
Awarded a No. 5 seed at the NAIA National tournament, the Lady Argos upset No. 4 seed Central Methodist (Missouri) 70-58 and No. 1 seed Lyon (Arkansas) 60-50 to reach the Elite Eight.
Senior guard Erin Legel earned her third nod on the Frontier Conference first team, while junior post Nneka Nnadi was second team honoree. Legel earned honorable mention All-American honors from the WBCA and was named a second team All-American by the NAIA and All-Tournament 1st team at the NAIA national tournament. Nnadi was named Honorable mention All-American by the NAIA.
More impressive than Coach Himmelberg's achievements on the court are his high academic standards for his team. The program's emphasis on academics helped his team achieve the highest team grade point average in the nation during the 2011 season (3.65). The Lady Argos have been in the WBCA to 25 for academics all six years Himmelberg has guided the program.
Coach Himmelberg has coached three All-Americans players, six All-Frontier Conference players, one Frontier Conference Freshman of the Year, and one sixth man of the year.
Prior to being a head coach at UP, Himmelberg was the lead assistant at UP for 3 years, prior to that he coached at C.M. Russell High School as a varsity assistant and sophomore head coach. He was the head coach of the Great Falls Home School team from 1994-1999. He had an impressive 118-39 record and fifth-place finish in the National Tournament with two state championships. Himmelberg also coached the Treasure State Academy team and finished his tenure there with a 92-31 record.
Himmelberg has been the owner-operator of McDonald's of Great Falls since 1993. His vast experience includes 30 years of business and reinvestment planning. Bill has been married to his lovely wife Pati for 30 years and they have one son Joe Himmelberg, married to Cristina and one daughter Katie Brooks, married to Austin and two grandchildren Leah and Isiah.