MARQUETTE, Mich.—The Northern Michigan University Department of Athletics announced the addition of Andy Keller as its Nordic Skiing assistant coach. Keller will assist Head Coach Sten Fjeldheim in all aspects of the Nordic skiing program.
"We are excited to have Andy joining our staff," said Fjeldheim. "He has many years of experience as a head coach with the CXC program and had a successful collegiate career at Michigan Tech. He is very organized and thorough and has coached some top level athletes so I feel very fortunate to have Andy on staff."
Prior to becoming a part of the Wildcats program, Keller was a Team Head Coach for the Central Cross Country Skiing Association (CXC) where he trained athletes that advanced to the 2016 U23 World Championships and the 2017 World Championships Ski Team. Keller also trained a skier to the 2017 US National Title in the 15k skate during his stint as a team head coach.
For three years prior, Keller was the Development Coach for CXC in charge of their junior Programming. During this time, Keller coached a junior national team, four All-American skiers, and had an athlete compete for the U18 Nations Cup team. He also coached 17 junior national team qualifiers and five Wisconsin State Ski Champions.
"I am excited for Andy as he will be a great asset to the Northern Michigan University Nordic Ski Team," said Yuriy Gusev, Executive director of CXC. "I am also thrilled that Andy will continue his coaching career in the Central Region and we will continue to work closely on athlete development initiatives."
During his coaching career, Keller has also served on the staff for three World Junior Championship and three U23 World Championship teams.
Collegiately, Keller competed at Michigan Technological University where he earned a Bachelor's degree in Exercise Science and a minor in Coaching Fundamentals.