Bob Keller is in his sixth season at Michigan and 15th as a Division I assistant coach. Keller will continue his role as pitching coach on Rich Maloney's staff.
Keller is just the second pitching coach for Maloney in his 15 years as a head coach. Keller joined the Michigan staff for the 2005 season and has enjoyed tremendous success with 16 pitchers earning All-Big Ten honors, including nine first-team selections. Keller has had 10 pitchers drafted during his tenure at Michigan and Keller's 2008 staff helped guide Michigan to the most wins in Big Ten history while garnering numerous individual accolades. Zach Putnam was named the 2008 conference Pitcher of the Year, and joined fellow hurler Chris Fetter on the 2008 All-Mideast Regional first team and earned second-team All-America honors from the ABCA and Baseball America.
Michigan has finished in the top two in the Big Ten in overall team ERA the past three seasons, and was the leader in all but one statistical category in 2008, including ERA (4.19), innings pitched (502.1) and strikeouts (443). In 2007, all four Wolverine starting pitchers were named All-Big Ten with Putnam and Mike Wilson on the first team, and Andrew Hess and Fetter on the third team. Putnam also earned second-team All-America honors from the ABCA and Baseball America.
Keller's 2006 staff led the league with a conference-only ERA of 2.91 with Fetter (second team by Baseball America), along with Abraham and Putnam (first team by Collegiate Baseball) earned freshman All-America honors.
Keller has coached in NCAA regional action each of the past five seasons dating back to his last year at Birmingham-Southern. In three seasons (2002-04) as the pitching coach at for the Panthers his pitching staff posted the best ERA in the Big South Conference and six of his pitchers were drafted. In 2004, BSC was 47-18 (21-3 Big South) and won the Big South regular season while ranking 29th in the NCAA with a 3.82 ERA.
From 1995-2001, Keller was an assistant coach at Georgia State, spending three seasons as the recruiting coordinator. In that role, one of Keller's top signees was RHP Bryan Digby, a second round draft pick in 2000 who signed out of high school by the Atlanta Braves.
A two-time NCCAA All-American while pitching and playing outfield at Biola, Keller held school records for RBI and doubles, and ranked second in hits and home runs upon graduation in 1992. He pitched a complete game victory over Texas Tech in his first start as a freshman.
In 1992 Keller served as the head coach of a semi-pro team based in Sundsvall, Sweden. He served as a player/coach in 1994 with the Kelowna Grizzlies of the Pacific International League and as pitching coach in 1995 with the Lafayette Leopards.
In the summer of 1998, Keller earned Manager of the Year honors with the Rocky Mount Rock Fish in the Coastal Plain League.
Keller earned a B.S. in physical education at Biola University in La Mirada, Calif., in 1992 and a B.S. in kinesiology at Georgia State in 1998. Keller, 40, is married to the former Jeannie Glasgow of Seattle. They have two sons, Charles (6) and Brady (3).
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