Josh Keister enters his third season as an assistant coach with the Indiana State women’s basketball program in 2016-17.
Under Keister direction in year two of his tenure, he guided redshirt senior Cierra Ceazer to All-MVC Honorable Mention honors. Newcomers also filled the roster as redshirt sophomore Ashley Taia finished second in points per game (9.0) as she picked up three MVC Newcomer of the Week awards. Redshirt junior forward Joyea Marshall was a force on the boards for the Sycamores, as she pulled down the MVC’s second-best average of 7.9 per game. Newcomers also filled the roster as redshirt sophomore Ashley Taia finished second in points per game (9.0) while freshman guard Tierra Webb appeared in all 30 games in a reserve role for the Sycamores.
In his first season, Keister helped guide the Sycamores to a 17-13 overall finish and one of the best non-conference performances in program history, going 10-1 overall. Wins against non-conference foes included a win at Big 10 Indiana and the program’s first win over a ranked opponent when it defeated No. 25 St. John’s on its home court.
Keister joined the Sycamores after spending five seasons on staff at Division II Central Missouri. During his time with the Jennies, he helped lead the Division II powerhouse to a combined 104-46 record in five seasons. The Jennies have posted five Mid America Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) top five finishes during his tenure, including the team’s first MIAA regular season championship since 1990-91 in 2013-14 and tournament championships in 2013-14 and runner-up finishes in 2012-13 and 2009-10.
Prior to Central Missouri, Keister served as an assistant coach at Division I Texas Christian University (TCU), where he helped the Lady Frogs to a 23-12 record and a second-place finish in the Mountain West Conference in 2007-08. Their 13-3 conference mark tied for the most league wins in program history. The team qualified for postseason play for the eighth straight year and reached the quarterfinal round of the Women’s NIT. Included in the Frogs’ WNIT run was a third-round victory over Texas Tech, marking their first-ever win over the Lady Raiders.
From 2004-07, Keister was the head coach at Missouri Western, where current Sycamore head coach Joey Wells was an assistant on his staff. He was also an assistant coach from 1999-2004 and a graduate assistant for both the men’s and women’s basketball programs at MWSU.
In his tenure as graduate assistant and assistant coach for the Griffons, Missouri Western advanced to eight straight NCAA Division II Tournaments and averaged over 23 wins per season. During that time, the Griffons won two MIAA regular season championships, two MIAA postseason tournament titles and were ranked No. 1 in the nation twice.
He received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Mount Mercy (Iowa) College in 1996, where he was a two-year letterman. He also holds a master’s degree in higher education from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 1999.
In his senior year at Mount Mercy, Keister helped the team achieve its best overall record in school history (29-6) and advance to the round of 16 in the NAIA Tournament. He holds all 3-point shooting records there, including career, single season and single-game marks. Prior to attending Mount Mercy, Keister played two seasons at Iowa Lakes Junior College.
Keister and his wife, Kim, have a daughter, Alex, and a son, Jack. They reside in Terre Haute.