Former Husky Keeler Named Assistant Coach at Portland

June 21, 2005

PORTLAND -- Sarah Keeler, a former University of Washington player and student assistant, was hired as an assistant coach on the University of Portland women's basketball staff, head coach Jim Sollars announced Tuesday. Her primary responsibilities with the Pilots will include post-player development and recruiting.

Keeler spent four seasons at Washington where knee injuries cut her career short. After redshirting as a freshman in 2001, she enjoyed two successful seasons as a reserve post player, helping the Huskies to the 2002 WNIT third round and the first round of the 2003 NCAA Tournament. A torn ACL at the end of the `03 season pushed Keeler to retire from playing basketball, but she stayed with the Huskies for the 2004 season in a student assistant capacity as the team advanced to the second round of the WNIT.

'Sarah has extended playing experience at a high basketball level and our post players will benefit greatly by working with her,' said Sollars. 'We anticipate that Sarah will work well with our current staff and provide a positive, guiding influence to our players.'

A Pendleton, Ore. native, Keeler concluded a distinguished four-year prep career at Pendleton High School, twice being named the Intermountain Conference player of the year and earning first team all-conference honors each season. She was a two-time member of the all-state team and finished second on the school's career charts for points (1,495) and rebounds (799). Her 303 career blocked shots also set the school record.

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