GREAT FALLS – When the University of Providence men face Lewis-Clark State in Lewiston, Idaho on Thursday night, they will be without their mentor on the bench.
First-year head coach Steve Keller suffered a mild heart attack on Sunday, and, after undergoing a procedure to put three stents in place, will remain in Great Falls to rest while the Argos hit the road.
“Feeling great, just resting for a few days,” Keller confirmed to MTN Sports.
He was held overnight at Benefis Health System on Monday and released from the hospital on Tuesday. He was back to work on Wednesday with a doctor-prescribed regimen of relaxation and exercise.
Assistants J.C. Isakson and Mike McLean will coach the Argo men on Thursday night, but there wasn’t a doubt about returning to the bench for Keller.
He hasn’t ruled out traveling to Dillon on Saturday to re-join the team when the Argos face his old school Montana Western, but Keller will likely take the weekend off to recuperate and return to coaching on Jan. 24, when the Argos host Montana State-Northern.
The heart attack was brought on by stress, Keller confirmed, something he’ll be more cognizant of going forward.
“I will be working hard on stress management and exercise,” Keller said.