Staff
Head Women's Coach
Stevie Keller

Stevie Keller enters his fourth season as the head women’s track & field and cross country coach at North Dakota State in 2017-18. In three years at the helm of the Bison program, Keller has won all six Summit League team championships and directed the Bison women to national recognition.
In 2017, NDSU sent its largest group of qualifiers to the NCAA Division I Outdoor Championships, as seven athletes represented NDSU in six events at the national meet. The Bison also had 21 entries at the NCAA West Preliminary Rounds, setting another all-time high in the school’s Division I era.
NDSU’s 21 entries at the NCAA West Prelims in 2017 were the second-most in the nation outside of the Power 5 conferences, and there were 46 schools from the Power 5 conferences that had fewer national entries than NDSU.
In addition to extending NDSU’s record-setting run of 20 consecutive Summit League team titles, Keller has continued to raise the bar. In 2016 and 2017, the Bison women set new league records for points scored at the outdoor conference meet.
Academically, North Dakota State has maintained its position as one of the highest-achieving women's track & field programs in the nation. The Bison have regularly earned team grade point averages of 3.50 or better during Keller's tenure.
Keller was named the head coach of the Bison women's track & field and cross country programs on Nov. 3, 2014, while remaining as the coach for the long sprinters on the NDSU men's squad. He is now in his 18th year with NDSU track & field, including seven seasons as associate head coach, directing the Bison multi-events, hurdles and pole vault to unprecedented success.
Since the Bison gained full NCAA Division I status in 2008, the number of achievements racked up by Keller’s student-athletes is remarkable. In all, Keller-coached athletes have earned nearly 250 All-Summit League honors and 95 Summit League titles over the past 10 seasons.
Keller has directed five athletes to a total of six first-team Division I All-America honors since 2009, including a fifth-place heptathlon finish by Whitney Carlson in 2011 and a fourth-place finish in the pole vault by Leslie Brost at the 2012 NCAA Indoor Championships. In addition, Carlson was a three-time second-team All-American in the long jump and multi-events.
Most recently, Keller coached Willmar, Minn., product Rose Jackson to first-team All-America honors in the pentathlon and nine Summit League titles in 2017 alone. Jackson set a new school record on her way to an 8th-place finish in the pentathlon at the 2017 NCAA Indoor Championships, as well as competing at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the long jump and 4x400m relay. She captured four Summit League titles indoor in 2017 to go along with five outdoor, winning the league's Indoor Field Athlete of the Year and Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year.

Keller has qualified 20 athletes for the NCAA Outdoor Preliminary Rounds (2010-present) and NCAA Regionals (prior to 2010). Indoors, Keller has coached six NCAA Championships qualifiers.

As a team, the Bison women have won 10 consecutive Summit League championships both indoors and outdoors. The NDSU men have claimed six indoor and nine outdoor titles in the last 10 seasons.

Keller owns coaching experience on the national and international levels. In 2010 and 2011, he coached Heather Zander, Leslie Brost and Whitney Carlson at the USATF Championships. In 2008, Keller served as an assistant coach for Team USA in the Thorpe Cup decathlon and guided Weston Leutz to a 10th-place finish at the Junior World Championships in the decathlon.

Under Keller’s guidance, Brost developed into the most decorated vaulter in NDSU history, with honors including a fourth-place finish and a school record vault of 14-03.25 at the 2012 NCAA Indoor Championships. Brost placed ninth at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials and was the top collegiate finisher in the event.

Keller coached Carlson to the NDSU heptathlon school record on her way to a fifth-place finish at the 2011 NCAA Outdoor Championships. The Buchanan, N.D., native also placed ninth in the long jump at the national meet in 2011 and was a second-team All-American in the indoor pentathlon. Carlson was awarded an NCAA postgraduate scholarship and was later named the NCAA Elite 88 Award winner as the nation’s top student-athlete in women’s track & field.
In 2010, Heather Zander became NDSU’s first multi-event Division I All-American after placing eighth in the heptathlon under Keller’s guidance.
Prior to NDSU’s move to Division I, Keller coached 10 athletes to 28 NCAA Division II All-American awards, including Nate Schmidt who won two NCAA Division II national championships in the decathlon.
He is married to former NDSU distance runner Erin (Klein) Keller. The couple have one son, Kyson, and one daughter, Aspyn.

Associate Head Coach, Throws Coach
Justin St.Clair

With six years completed as an assistant coach at North Dakota State, Justin St. Clair has established himself as the NCAA's premier throws coach.

Under St. Clair’s direction, the Bison throwers have carried out a complete overhaul of the school’s record books, as well as gaining more prominence on the national stage. The track & field community has taken notice, as St. Clair was voted the Midwest Region Assistant Coach of the Year twice in 2016 -- both for the women's indoor season and for the men's outdoor season.

In back-to-back seasons in 2016 and 2017, the NDSU men and women combined to lead the nation in entries in the throwing events at the NCAA Prelims. The Bison had a remarkable 25 entries at the NCAA Prelims in 2016, while no other school in the country had more than 14. Separately, both the Bison men and women have led the nation in NCAA Prelims entries in each of the past two years.

Statistically, the Bison throws program was declared the top squad in the nation across all divisions in both 2016 and 2017. In 2017, the Bison men were the only team in the NCAA with four throwers over 200 feet in the hammer, as well as being the only team with three men beyond 60 feet in the outdoor shot put. On the women's side, NDSU was the only school in the nation with five women over 190 feet in the hammer and four women beyond 48 feet in the outdoor shot put.

He guided seniors Matti Mortimore (javelin) and Alex Renner (shot put) to first-team All-America honors at the 2017 NCAA Outdoor Championships, and the Bison women had three additional entries in the throws at the NCAA meet.

St. Clair led the Bison to a similar level of dominance on the conference level. At the 2016 Summit League Outdoor Championships, the Bison men scored 117 of a possible 156 team points in the four throwing events, with all other schools combining for just 39 points in the throws.

The Bison men and women broke nine of a possible 12 school records in the throws in 2016.

In 2015, St. Clair coached Mortimore to 7th place in the javelin and freshman Austin Schmidt to 16th in the javelin at the NCAA Outdoor Championships -- at the time, the two highest NCAA Outdoor finishes in NDSU’s Division I era. On the women’s side, he directed Sierra Rosenau to the first Division I national meet appearance by a Bison woman in a throwing event.

St. Clair started his collegiate career at the University of Washington before transferring to Boise State. He finished college as a four-time All-American in the javelin. He graduated from Boise State in 2002 with a degree in criminal justice administration. He then served as a volunteer assistant for the Broncos from 2002-2005.

St. Clair is Level II certified by U.S. Track and Field and also holds national certification from U.S. Weight Lifting and ACE Personal Training.

Justin and his wife, Keli, live in West Fargo with their son, Carter.

Distance Coach
Andrew Carlson

Andrew Carlson is in his fourth full season directing the distance runners for the North Dakota State men’s and women’s track & field and cross country teams in 2017-18.

In 2016, Carlson directed NDSU's Erin Teschuk to four All-America honors -- one in cross country, two in indoor track, and one in outdoor track. His training plan guided Teschuk to a spot on Team Canada for the 2016 Rio Olympics after she captured the Canadian national championship in the 3,000m steeplechase in July. Teschuk's accomplishments resulted in her signing a professional contact with ASICS Furman Elite.

During the 2016 track campaign alone, Carlson coached NDSU athletes to 12 new marks that rank among NDSU's all-time top 10 lists in the distance events.

Carlson guided the Bison distance program to new levels of success on the national scene in 2015, coaching athletes to a total of four first-team All-America honors. Teschuk was named the USTFCCCA Midwest Region Women's Track Athlete of the Year and claimed first-team All-American recognition in the mile and 3,000m indoors, finishing fifth and seventh, respectively, at the NCAA Championships. Outdoors, Carlson coached Teschuk and Maddie Van Beek to top-eight finishes in the 3,000m steeplechase at the NCAA meet.

Van Beek was named The Summit League's Indoor and Outdoor Championships Track MVP after scoring 28 points with two event titles at the indoor meet and netting 24 points outdoors.

On the men's side in 2015, Brett Kelly won a Summit League title in the steeplechase and was the highest Summit League finisher in a men's track event at the NCAA Prelims. Carlson led a resurgence in the Bison men's cross country program that saw two meet titles and the highest finish at the NCAA Midwest Regional since 2011.

A 2005 graduate of the University of Minnesota, Carlson was a two-time NCAA All-American in cross country and set the school record in the 5,000 meters at 13:44.64. He was the 2002 and 2004 NCAA Midwest Region champion in cross country, a two-time runner-up in the Big Ten outdoor 5,000 meters, and also owns the second-fastest time in school history in the 10,000 meters (28:56:59).

Post-collegiately, he joined Team USA Minnesota in 2005, and won the USA 15K road championship in 2008. He was also a member of the 2011 U.S. squad that competed in the IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Punta Umbria, Spain.

From 2008-10, Carlson trained with the McMillan Elite training group in Flagstaff, Ariz., during which time he won the 2010 USA 25K title, before rejoining Team USA Minnesota late in 2010. In 2012, Carlson placed sixth at the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials in 2:11.24 -- a time that still stands as the seventh-fastest marathon debut in U.S. history.

Carlson is a graduate of Fargo South High School where he was a four-time all-state honoree and a North Dakota state cross country champion.

Jumps/Sprints Coach
Clayton Pritchard

Clayton Pritchard enters his second year as an assistant coach at NDSU in 2017-18, directing the Bison jumpers and short sprinters. He joined the NDSU staff on July 25, 2016.

Pritchard came to NDSU after two seasons (2014-16) as a volunteer assistant coach at Nebraska, where he worked with the Huskers' jumpers and pole vaulters. He served as the head girls' track & field coach at Leavenworth (Kan.) High School from 2010-14 and also has experience running instructional camps for the jumps and pole vault.

"Clayton has the experience of being at a Big Ten program and recruiting and coaching at a high level," said NDSU women's head coach Stevie Keller upon his hire. "You can't place a value on experiencing success and expecting success. We're excited to add him to our staff, and for him to bring his energy and knowledge to our program."

"Coach Pritchard has an excellent background and a wide variety of experience, learning under legendary jumps guru Gary Pepin at Nebraska," NDSU head men's coach Don Larson said. "That experience will add value to the NDSU track & field program, and we look forward to the impact he'll make with our student-athletes."

Alongside head coach Gary Pepin, Pritchard coached his athletes to impressive success in his stint at Nebraska, highlighted by women's jumper Tierra Williams placing fifth at both the NCAA Indoor Championships and NCAA Outdoor Championships in the triple jump this season. Williams also swept the Big Ten long jump and triple jump titles indoor and outdoor in 2016, as well as finishing 15th in the triple jump at the U.S. Olympic Trials.

The Huskers had six women's placewinners in the horizontal jumps at the 2016 Big Ten Conference Outdoor Championships – the most in the conference.

On the men's side, Pritchard guided Kaiwan Culmer to an All-American eighth-place finish in the triple jump outdoors and a Big Ten crown indoors in 2016. In 2015, he teamed up with Nebraska pole vault coach T.J. Pierce to direct Steven Cahoy to a pair of second-team All-America honors and a top-15 national ranking in the pole vault.

Pritchard earned his bachelor's degree in physical education from MidAmerica Nazarene University in Olathe, Kan., in 2007 and his master's degree in health, physical education, and recreation from Emporia State University in 2015. While at MNU, Pritchard was a four-year letterwinner in football as a wide receiver and a three-year letterwinner in track & field as a jumper.

Since graduation, Pritchard has become a USATF Level 1 certified coach and a sponsor in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He resides in Fargo with his wife, Morgan, and their daughter, Calli.

Combined Events Coach
Cassie Witte

Casie Witte joined the North Dakota State track & field program as an assistant coach on Aug. 24, 2018. Witte comes to the Bison from the University of Nebraska, where she had served as a volunteer assistant coach since 2008 specializing in the combined events and javelin.

In all, she has coached Husker men and women to 15 All-America honors and 20 conference championships.

“I am excited to be a part of the Bison track & field program, working with great staff and student-athletes,” Witte said. “It’s an honor to join the long tradition of success that has been established at North Dakota State.”

“Casie has proven herself to be a valuable coach at a successful Power 5 program,” said Keller. “Her experience and knowledge of the combined events will definitely have a positive impact on our athletes, and we’re excited to add her to the Bison family.”

Witte has coached a number of prized pupils in her time with the Huskers, most recently helping decathlete Cody Walton achieve first-team All-America honors with a seventh-place finish at the NCAA Championships in 2017. Walton set the Nebraska decathlon record a 7,937 points, nearly reaching the 8,000-point barrier.

Witte helped guide freshman Maggie Malone to second-team All-America accolades in the javelin at the 2013 NCAA Outdoor Championships. Early in her career at Nebraska, Witte helped coach multi-event athlete Bjorn Barrefors to two conference titles and six All-America honors. She was also instrumental in the development of Chantae McMillan, an NCAA runner-up in the heptathlon who went on to represent the United States in the 2012 London Olympics.

In 2009, four of Witte’s Husker athletes combined to earn five All-America honors at the NCAA Indoor Championships. In the combined events, Megan Wheatley and McMillan earned All-America accolades in the pentathlon, while Barrefors broke the school record and earned All-America honors in the heptathlon. McMillan added All-America accolades in the women’s long jump as well.

“Coach Witte will be a great addition to our program,” Larson said. “She has shown that she can help her athletes earn some very impressive accomplishments, but we are just as excited to add a high-character, quality individual to our coaching staff.”

Witte earned her Level I Coaching Education Certification during the summer of 2008 and her Level II Certification in the combined events during the summer of 2009.

A team co-captain for the Nebraska women in 2007, Witte made two trips to the NCAA Outdoor Championships as an athlete, competing in the high jump in 2005 and the heptathlon in 2007. The Lincoln, Neb., native owns a heptathlon personal-best score of 5,347 points, also placing at the Big 12 Championships in the javelin and high jump during her career.