Women's Basketball

Coach Stephanie Keller

Stephanie Stalder Keller, formerly of Kenton, Ohio, has loved basketball since she first played in 5th grade, with her Father as her coach. Coach Keller attended Upper Scioto Valley High School in McGuffey, Ohio. During her career at USV, Coach Keller earned All Ohio 1st and 2nd team, District 8 All Star, North West Conference 1st Team 3 years and NWC 2nd team her Freshman year. Her team won the NWC 3 out of 4 years and tied her Senior year.

She ended her career with 1,342 points, 443 rebounds and still holds the schools’ career assist record with 594. She was inducted into the prestigious Hardin County Ohio Hall of Fame for her achievements, both as a player and Coach in May 2018. Stephanie, also played Varsity Volleyball all 4 years of high school and earned All NWC honors 3 out of 4 years as a hitter.

Stephanie graduated in 1989 and chose Ball State University to continue her academic and playing career in the fall of 1989. She chose Ball State partly because of Coach Gregory, who recruited Keller at one of her Urbana AAU workouts, and due to BSU’s highly accredited Teachers College. She knew early on that teaching and coaching was the career path she wanted to pursue.

Keller played all 4 years for Ball State, in which her Frosh season the Lady Cards were MAC Runner-Ups, missing the NCAA tourney by one game. Keller’s Senior year at BSU she was named Co-Captain and was awarded the Coaches Mental Toughness Award. Coach Keller graduated in December of 1993, with a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Health Science and minoring in Physical Education. Keller earned her Indiana Teacher’s License.

In 1993, Stephanie got married and started her first teaching job at IPS School #19 in August 1995, when she was 7 months pregnant with Quinten, her oldest son. She taught Physical Education to 6-8th grade and coached Volleyball, Girls Basketball and Track all 5 years while at school #19. She moved to Arlington High School in the fall of 2000 when she was offered the Varsity Girls Basketball Coaching position, where she taught Chemistry/Physics and Health until moving into a PE position. While at Arlington Coach Keller went back to BSU in 2004 and graduated with her Master of Arts Degree in 2006, majoring in Sports Administration, all while teaching, coaching and being a Mom to Quinten and Quincy, who was born in 1998.

She remained at Arlington for 11 years as the head coach of the girls basketball program until they closed the school in 2011. While at Arlington Coach Keller compiled an overall record of 141-96 and won the IPSAC Conference 9 out of 11 years, and tied 2 years. She was awarded the IPSAC Conference Coach of the Year 6 out of her 11 years. The Lady Knights appeared in 2 City Championships and produced two Indiana Jr. All Stars and two Indiana All Stars, 2005 and 2007. She was selected to coach as an Assistant with the Indiana All Star team in 2010.

After leaving Arlington in 2011 she took over the Assistant Athletic Director position at Arsenal Tech High School, and was named the Varsity Girls Basketball Coach. She was able to experience being a homebase for the 2012 Superbowl in Indianapolis, with many SB activities occurring at Tech High School’s - Legacy Center. After two years, the official AAD position was cut at Tech, which led Coach Keller to Lawrence Township, accepting an offer

to take over the PE Department Chair and Girls Basketball Coaching position at Lawrence Central High School, in June 2013. While at Lawrence Central Coach Keller produced two players that earned All MIC, All County and Top 60 Workout honors. After resigning from LCGB in 2018, Coach Keller began teaching Science at Lawrence Advance Academy, in the fall of 2018, working with LC and LN students to earn their credits in an excelled classroom setting. She accepted a position as an Assistant Varsity Coach at Lawrence North High School in the fall of 2018, after developing a friendship with LNGB’s Coach Giffin, while at LC.

Keller has spent the past 3 years working with LNGB, where she has assisted in earning the titles of County Champs (2020), County Runner-Up (2019, 2021), MIC Champs (2020) , 2 time Sectional Champs (2019, 2020), 2 time Regional Champs (2019, 2020), 2 time Semi-State Champs (2019, 2020), Two 4A State Tournament appearances (2019, 2020) State Runner-Up (2019), and the prestigious IHSAA 4A State Championship in 2020. LNGB was an incredible experience in a new role as Assistant Coach, after being a head coach for 18 years. Coach Keller will forever love LNGB for welcoming her into their program, rejuvenating her love for basketball, along with the countless relationships she has built with staff, players and families while at Lawrence North.

Coach Keller’s philosophy in coaching has always been to provide a positive opportunity for young ladies to fall in love with basketball and use that opportunity to not only guide them through their high school and collegiate experience, but to set them apart from others who do not have the commitment, dedication, character, or self -discipline to be a part of a team.

Being part of a basketball family pushes young ladies to better themselves academically, mentally, physically and socially. Sports open doors in ways you never thought possible. Basketball created a career path for me that simply wouldn’t have existed without it and I want to share that with as many young people as I can through both my teaching and coaching. The relationships built with players, past and present, is the absolute best part of what I do. Watching my players grow into successful young women who juggle the challenges of careers, families and motherhood, and allowing me to to share their milestones with them makes me so happy and proud to have been their coach and mentor.

Welcome to the ALNSPA Team Coach Keller.