Head Women's Basketball Coach
Wes Keller just wrapped up his second season as head coach of the Rocky Mountain College women’s basketball program. In Coach Keller's second season, the Battlin' Bears finished the year 15-16 overall, and fifth place finish in the Frontier Conference. Keller's team qualified for the Frontier Conference tournament for the first time since 2013. Coach Keller's team made great strides in his second season, they were ranked nationally for the first time since 2011 and defeated several nationally ranked opponents as well as cross-town rival Montana State University Billings. Coach Keller's team featured two all-conference players, Whitney Mitchell and Tenika Cepouch. Mitchell also earned All-American honors.
Before taking over the women's program at Rocky Mountain College, Coach Keller spent eight seasons assisting men’s basketball coach Bill Dreikosen and the Battlin’ Bears. During that time, the men’s basketball program won the Frontier Conference regular season championship, back-to-back Frontier Conference tournament championships, and advanced to the NAIA National Tournament three times, resulting in one NAIA Divison I National Championship.
Keller, a 1996 graduate of Helena High School, was an all-state basketball player and played collegiately at Miles Community College and UM-Western, where he earned all-conference status. His coaching career began at UM-Western, and he later moved on to be an assistant coach at Miles Community College. Keller spent two seasons at MCC before coming to Rocky Mountain College.
Keller earned a bachelor's of science degree from the University of Montana-Western.
Wes and his wife, Carie, are the proud parents of twins Hayden and Tucker.
Sports Information Director/Women's Assistant Basketball Coach
Coach Jason Federico enters his first season at RMC serving as the assistant women’s basketball coach and Sports Information Director. Federico is entering his 16th season overall as a basketball coach in Montana. Federico’s coaching career started in 2003 at Billings Senior High where he coached football and basketball for the Broncs. In 2012, Federico received the District 6C Head Girls Park City Basketball coaching position. Federico posted a 71-29 (.710) overall record during four seasons in Park City. During his tenure at the helm of the Panthers, they made their first appearance at the Class C State tournament in 32 years. In the 2014-2015 season, they captured first place at District 6C tournament, as well as the Southern C Divisional title.
Federico was born and raised in Billings, Montana. He earned his bachelors of science from Rocky Mountain College in 2006 in History and Political Science. He worked for Billings Public Schools for nine years in multiple facets, mostly with special education.
Federico and wife, Piper, have five children: daughters Mikayla (Grandson Liam), Lauren, Carmen, and sons Jordan and Julian.
Assistant Women's Basketball Coach
Rich is entering his third year as an assistant under Coach Keller. This is his fourth coaching stint at Rocky Mountain College, serving under former women's head coaches, Scott Severance and Brian Henderson. Rich also did a two year coaching stint under the current men's coach, Bill Driekosen, in the men's program. Rich also coached one year at Minot State University in the women's basketball program under current coach Sheila Green.
Rich graduated from Joliet High School in 1987 and returned to Joliet after playing basketball for two years at Miles Community College to coach both boy's and girl's teams. Joliet's girls team made their first-ever state appearance in 1996 under the direction of Coach Hash. Rich went on to get his bachelor's degree from Rocky Mountain College and a master's from MSU Billings and MSU Bozeman. He is currently the middle school principal in the Shepherd School District after serving a five-year stint as the activities director at Shepherd.
Rich and his wife, Mary, have two children, Bryce and Connor.