Keller wants to continue tradition of success as WHS girls basketball coach

Trevor Keller talks to next year’s WHS girls basketball players during a team meeting Monday morning. Keller will also work as the school psychologist. Photo by Sydney Holthaus.

Trevor Keller looks to continue the success of the WHS girls basketball team.

Keller was approved by the board last Monday. He will replace Shanna Perine as the head girls basketball coach and will also fill the school psychologist position.

Keller attended Kansas State University where he dual majored and received degrees in psychology and kinesiology. After he graduated from Kansas State, he attended Emporia State University and received his masters degree, along with an education specialist degree in school psychology.

Keller has previously coached before coming to WHS. While he was receiving his masters degree, Keller coached junior high football for a season. This past year, Keller was the school psychologist at Royal Valley where he was also the assistant boys basketball coach for high school and the middle school assistant track coach.

Keller said he was interested in the WHS job because it has multiple similarities to the 1A high school he attended in Western Kansas. He also said that this opportunity provides him more time to spend with his family because his commute will be shortened from work to his home.

Keller has some ideas for what he wants to bring to his new positions at WHS.

“As a school psychologist, I want to help create the best learning environment possible for each student,” Keller said, “and as a basketball coach I want to continue the program’s tradition of success.”

Keller met with the players for next year to discuss his plans for the season. He discussed how he would run the program and his goals for the team. He said he wants the girls to improve every day at practice and to have the mindset they need to have going in. He also explained what they would do this summer to start preparing.

“He has a lot of strategic ideas that are similar to what we’re doing already,” junior Maddy Hutley said.

Keller inherits a program with three state appearances in the last five seasons, including a third place finish in 2019. The team graduated only two players this season and returns a lot of varsity experience.

Next year’s players expressed excitement about the new coach. “It seemed like he knew what he was talking about,” junior Autymn Schreiner said. “I’m sad to see Shanna (Perine) go, but I think he will pick up right where she left off.”

— Kaytlyn Meseke, Abby Oliver, @kaytlyn_nelle, @AbbyOliver27

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