Asst. Head Coach / Offensive Coordinator / Quarterbacks
A longtime offensive thinker who has consistently put high-powered offenses on the field, Cameron Keller is in his sixth season as Winona State’s co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach and third as the team’s assistant head coach in 2015-16.
Keller has put explosive and balanced offensive units on the field in his time at Winona State. 2015 was another banner year under Keller. His passing offense threw for 3,570 yards and 27 touchdowns. Quarterback Jack Nelson threw for a school record 3,419 yards, while completing a school record 256 passes. The team broke the school record with 3,570 yards with 27 touchdowns.
In 2014, he helped coach sophomore quarterback Jack Nelson to one of the most successful passing seasons in program history, including the fourth-most yards with 2,843, the third-most completions with 207, and the third-most touchdowns with 27. Under his guidance, wide receiver Josh Mikes had a breakout season, setting the sixth-most receptions in WSU history with 59, the ninth-most yards with 1,025, and the sixth-most touchdowns with 13.
He has tutored a 1,000 yard rusher in each of his first three seasons on staff, while also improving a passing game that averaged 275 yards per game in 2013. Keller tutored true freshman Jack Nelson to NSIC Offensive Newcomer of the Year honors in 2013, with Nelson passing for 2,715 yards and 25 touchdowns.
The Winona State offense was simply dominant in 2012, setting a WSU and NSIC record for total offense in a season. The Warriors also put up 782 yards against Augustana, setting another school and conference record. In all, WSU tied or set 19 offensive records under Keller’s direction in 2012.
Keller helped guide quarterback John Teigland to all-conference honors during the campaign. His offense also allowed running back Rayon Simmons to set a Winona State single-season rushing record while breaking both the NSIC and WSU career rushing marks.
Despite a rash of injuries that saw the Warriors start three different quarterbacks during the 2011 season, Keller helped guide an offense that averaged better than 400 yards per game and scored more than 33 points per contest. Winona State scored at least 45 points in five different games. The team set a then-program record with 667 yards of total offense in a 72-31 win over Upper Iowa.
Keller came to Winona State from Culver-Stockton, where he spent the 2010 season as head coach. During his time with the school, Keller oversaw a program that snapped a 33 game losing streak.
Keller took over a Culver-Stockton program that had not won a game since 2007 and led the team to a 38-33 victory over Graceland. He tutored two All-Conference selections in his lone season with the Wildcats. Five Culver-Stockton players were also named NAIA Scholar-Athlete selections for their efforts in the classroom.
Prior to his stint at Culver-Stockton, Keller spent ten years as the quarterbacks coach and recruiting coordinator at Hastings College. He worked as an administrator during his final two years at Hastings, also serving as an assistant coach at Falcon High School in Peyton, Colo. during that time.
Keller played quarterback at Hastings College, earning Academic All-American status as a senior. He earned his undergraduate degree in Political Science from Hastings College in 1999 and a M.S. in Sports Management from American University in 2010.
Keller and his wife Michelle have two children, a daughter Marin and son Kyle.
Run Game Coordinator / Offensive Line
Holtzclaw comes to Winona State after spending the last two seasons at the University of Nebraska Kearney as the Run Game Coordinator and coaching the offensive line.
In two seasons at the University of Nebraska Kearney, Joe had 4 All-MIAA offensive linemen in fourth-year juniors and then seniors Zach Beard and Luke Browne. In the spring of 2016, Browne was voted as a team co-captain with Beard chosen to the Leadership Council for the Senior Class.
Holtzclaw came to UNK following a five-year stint at NAIA Hastings College, where he spent four falls as the offensive coordinator and offensive line and tight ends coach.
During his tenure, he helped the Broncos win 25 games and was part of a 2014 offense that ranked second in the Great Plains Athletic Conference in scoring (35.3) and yards (420.0).
In the spring and summer months, he was an assistant coach for the Nebraska Danger of the professional Indoor Football League (IFL).
Leading the defensive line for three seasons and coaching the offensive line for one, Holtzclaw helped the Danger reach the United Bowl in 2013 and 2014, the IFL’s championship game.
He began his coaching career at his alma mater. Serving as a graduate assistant (offensive line) in 2007 and 2008, he then remained on staff in 2009, leading the Bearcat tight ends.
While in Maryville, Holtzclaw was part of a coaching staff that had 2 national runner up finishes and won the 2009 national title.
As player and captain for the Bearcats, he was a three-year starter (43 consecutive) along the offensive line who earned All-MIAA honors as a senior. Holtzclaw was a starter for Northwest’s 2005 and 2006 national runner up teams.
Holtzclaw and his wife, Dani, have a 5-year old son, Hayden and 1 year old daughter named Logan.
Assistant Coach/Tight Ends
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