Clyde Keller, a member of Florida State’s 1989 College World Series team, is entering his third season as a volunteer assistant coach for the Seminoles. He will work with developing the outfielders, coaching first base and focusing on defensive positioning.
Keller, a 1990 Florida State graduate, returns to the college ranks after spending the previous eight years as the Owner/Director of Development of Florida Makos Baseball.
Originally from Fair Oaks, Calif., Keller served as pitcher and infielder for the Seminoles in both 1988 and 1989. He finished his career at the plate by hitting .315 with 53 RBI, 12 doubles, five home runs, four triples and a .447 on-base percentage. On the mound he posted a 23-5 all-time record with 203 strikeouts, 67 walks, six complete games, three saves and a 3.12 ERA.
His last stint in the collegiate ranks came at Western Kentucky (1997-2000) where he served as the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator. His pitching instruction and offensive strategy improved the ERA of the Hilltoppers from 115th nationally to 25th by the time of his departure.
After resurrecting the Western Kentucky baseball program, he became the pitching coach for the Toronto Blue Jays’ Auburn, N.Y. Class A team for one season.
Keller’s coaching career began in 1994 when he became the head coach at Berkeley Prep. In four years at the helm he made three trips to the Regionals and one appearance in the State Championship. Keller made his return to the Berkeley Prep program in 2011 when he spent the next four years as the pitching coach. He was integral in the Buccaneers reaching Regionals on three occasions as they ranked in the top 20 in ERA and hits-to-walk ratios.
Selected in the 32nd round of the 1989 Major League Baseball Draft by the St. Louis Cardinals, Keller spent five years in the minor leagues. He became the first player in Savannah Cardinals history to toss a no-hitter (1989) and was twice the runner-up for the Rolaids Minor League Reliever of the Year Award (1991, 1992). His final season in the minor leagues came in 1994 with the New York Mets.
Keller rejoins head coach Mike Martin after earning All-Metro Conference first team honors as a pitcher in both 1988 and 1989. He was also a participant in the 1987 Pan American Games, receiving a Silver Medal as the first junior college player selected to Team USA.