Keller returns to Hibriten

Mar. 30, 2013 @ 06:30 AM


Hibriten High School has named Chad Keller the new head coach of the boys’ basketball team, effective immediately.

“I’m very excited to have this opportunity,” said Keller. “I’m stepping into a program that’s been in good hands. Roger Burgess did a great job and had a lot of success.”

Keller takes the position that was previously held by Roger Burgess for the past 10 seasons.

“We appreciate all the hard work that Coach Burgess put into making our program successful,” said Hibriten Athletic Director Chuck Cannon. “We are excited about the new energy and enthusiasm that Coach Keller will be bringing to our program.”

This will be Keller’s second coaching stint with the Panthers. He was the head coach from the 1995-96 season through the 1997-98 season, accumulating a record of 34-38. In his third and final season, he took Hibriten to the second round of the state playoffs, only to lose to Shelby.

“Back when I first coached, I think the one big mistake I made was leaving,” Keller said. “I feel very blessed and fortunate to have the opportunity to come back.”

Keller, a 1985 West Caldwell graduate, was nominated to the McDonalds All-American team his senior year. He went on to play one year at James Madison University (JMU), before transferring to East Tennessee State University (ETSU). In 1989, ETSU made the NCAA tournament as a number 16 seed and came within one point of defeating number one seed Oklahoma. The one-point loss is still the closest any 16 seed has come to defeating a number one seed.

In Keller’s four years of college basketball, he scored over 1,000 points, while averaging nearly 11 points and nine rebounds per game. Upon graduation, Keller played professional basketball for one season in Stockholm, Sweden.

Keller got his first coaching job with West Caldwell, working as an assistant under head coach Danny Anderson. After three years at West, Keller accepted the head-coaching job at Hibriten. Three seasons later, he went on to be the assistant coach at the Patterson School. After just one season, he accepted the head-coaching job at Patton.

Most recently, Keller spent two seasons coaching William Lenoir Middle School, accumulating a record of 23-4. This past season, the Wildcats went undefeated, winning the regular season conference title and conference tournament.