Keith Salscheider became the Head Men’s Basketball Coach for Maranatha in the season of 2012-13 . Before his coaching career, he played 7 years of professional basketball in over 300 games in Australia, Europe, New Zealand and in the minor leagues in the USA (CBA, USBL, IBL, PBL and NBA D-League). Along the way he was blessed to have been taught by many great coaches: current NBA Head Coach Dave Joerger of the Memphis Grizzlies (Sioux Falls Skyforce, CBA) and two coaches who had won NBA Championships as players–Scott Wedman with the ‘84 and ’86 Boston Celtics (Great Falls Explorers, CBA) and Cliff Levingston with the ‘91 and ‘92 Chicago Bulls (Gary Steelheads, USBL). “I was also fortunate to have played with/against some 40-50 NBA players. One of my main goals as Maranatha’s Head Coach is to recreate these learning experiences that I had as a player for the Men’s Basketball Team.”
After his pro career was cut short due to injuries, Keith accepted a GA coaching position at Edgewood College in Madison, WI. In his one year with the Eagles over the 2011-2012 season, he was an important part of a record-setting season for Edgewood, finishing with the best record in school history, tying the school’s record for longest winning streak, winning the Northern Athletic Conference Tournament Championship, and winning the school’s first ever opening round game of the NCAA National Tournament against the region host/top seed, UW River Falls.
Salscheider was named Maranatha’s Head Men’s Basketball Coach on May 7th, 2012. He took over a program that was at the bottom of the Northern Athletics Conference and had been winless in the conference over the previous two years. Despite injury issues that resulted in Maranatha averaging two starters being unable to play in 13 games during the 2012-13 season, the Crusaders still managed to win their first conference game in two years and advanced to the second round of the NCCAA Regional Tournament.
Keith accepted Christ at age 6. “I was extremely fortunate to have grown up in a Christian family. I am truly indebted to my parents; they consistently modeled the behavior that they taught their children,” Salscheider said. “My parents fostered my individual growth in such a way that when I became an adult, my beliefs were my own. They were personal, authentic, and grounded.”
The Bemidji, Minnesota native is the son of former Bemidji State University coach Karl Salsheider, the career leader in victories among BSU coaches with 147. Karl had the opportunity to coach many great players in his tenure at BSU: David Heiss was a 1986 Utah Jazz Veterans Camp invitee and was the last player cut from the final roster; Scott Kramer was a BSU standout center who played professionally in Europe; and Tim Buckley is the current Associate Head Men’s Basketball Coach at the University of Indiana. Keith Salscheider’s younger twin brothers, Nathan and Joel, played at Maranatha during the 2008-09 season, and his younger sister Kristina Hendrickson is a graphic designer for Maranatha. Keith and his wife Colleen were married on September 24, 2011.
Salscheider graduated from St. Cloud State University in Minnesota with a Sport Management degree in 2003. He achieved his maters in Athletic Administration from Edgewood College (WI) in 2012. Keith is also a Sport Management degree instructor at MBU and heads the department as its program coordinator.
Keith (in blue) during 2006-2007 CBA season finishes over Felipe Lopez of the Albany Patroons. Lopez had graced the cover of Sports Illustrated was drafted 24th in the NBA’s 1st round by the Spurs. Salscheider finished the season averaging 15 ppg and shot .472% from the 3-point line which was the 2nd highest percentage in the CBA. He was also named CBA Player of the Week for the last week in February.
Salscheider (in black) during the 2008 New Zealand NBL season against the Harbor Heat. He averaged 21 ppg and led the Devon Dynamos to their best season in ten years.