2017-18 Women's Basketball Coaches
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Vanessa Keeler-Johnson
Head Coach - 1st Season
Alma Mater: University of Sioux Falls
Phone: 701-845-7164

Vanessa Keeler-Johnson begins her first season as head coach of the Valley City State University women’s basketball program in 2017-18.

A native of Hartford, S.D., Keeler-Johnson comes to VCSU from Detroit Lakes Public Schools (Minn.) where she worked one year as head girls basketball coach and elementary reading specialist.

Prior to that, Keeler-Johnson was an assistant women’s basketball coach at Minnesota State University Moorhead for three seasons. In her final season at MSUM she helped the Dragons to 21 wins, the NSIC North Division title and their 16th straight winning season.

Keeler-Johnson played collegiate basketball for four seasons, including two at South Dakota State University and two at the University of Sioux Falls.

She graduated from University of Sioux Falls with a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education (2013) and earned a Master of Educational Leadership from MSUM (2016).

Keeler-Johnson and her wife, Heather, have two sons: DJ (11) and Elliott (1).

 
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Jordan Skaar
Assistant Coach - 1st Season
Alma Mater: University of Dubuque
Phone: 701-845-7163

Jordan Skaar begins his first season as the lead assistant coach for the VCSU women’s basketball program in 2017-18.

Jordan joins the Viking staff after two seasons as an assistant coach for the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse women’s basketball program. He was heavily involved in most aspects of the program and helped the Eagles to a 16-11 record last season.

A native of Trempealeau, Wis., Jordan graduated from the University of Dubuque (Iowa) in 2009 with a degree in health and wellness recreation. Jordan worked five seasons as an assistant girls basketball coach for Bangor High School (Wis.) before joining the Wisconsin-LaCrosse staff in 2015.

Jordan was a pitcher for the University of Dubuque baseball team throughout his college career. He also worked as head baseball coach the past two seasons for Galesville-Ettrick-Trempealeau High School (Wis.) and teaches private pitching lessons.

 
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Nick Kollross
Assistant Coach - 2nd Season

Nick Kollross enters his first season as an assistant coach for the VCSU women’s basketball program in 2016-17.

Prior to arriving at VCSU, Kollross served as an assistant coach on the Fargo Shanley girls basketball team for the past 10 years. While at Shanley, the Deacons won a state record 70 games in a row. Shanley won three straight North Dakota Class A State Championships from 2014-2016 and was runner-up in 2011.

Kollross also serves as a coach for NDPRO, which is an AAU Club team out of Fargo, N.D.

Kollross currently resides in Moorhead, Minn., with his wife Jackie and children Chad (9), Chloe (5), and Coltin (4).

 
Trevor Olson
Student Assistant - 1st Season