Keith Vance enters his fourth season as the Boise State track and field throws coach.
In just three years with the Broncos, Vance has guided three athletes to the NCAA National Championship meet. Mele Vaisima was his most recent NCAA competitor; earning first team All-America honors in the weight throw at the 2012 championships. Alex Nelson earned a trip in 2011 where he earned second team honors in the hammer throw, while Pontus Thomee earned the 2010 NCAA Runner-up title and first team All-America honors in the javelin.
Vance has had nine Broncos earn 17 NCAA First Round Championship qualifying spots, including one NCAA First Round Champion in Thomee in the javelin (2010).
During his career with the Broncos, Vance's throwers have collected nine conference titles, including three straight weight throw titles by Trevor Kraychir. Thomee and Vaisima add two titles apiece in the javelin and weight throw, respectively, while Nelson and Kurt Felix add titles in the hammer throw and javelin, respectively. His throwers have earned seven All-Mountain West honors, as well as 19 All-WAC First Team honors and 10 second team honors. Vaisima earned the first championship meet honor under Vance's guidance, capturing the 2012 MW Women's "Outstanding Performer" award.
Vance's athletes have also made their move into the Boise State record books with Vaisima setting a school record in the weight throw in 2012. She also sits at No. 2 in the hammer throw, while Kraychir sits at No. 3 in the weight throw. Helping the multi-event athletes in the throwing events, Vance has also had a part in Felix's heptathlon and decathlon school records, as well as Alexi Morton's school record in the pentathlon.
Prior to Boise State, Vance coached at Tiffin University (Ohio) where he spent four years as the throws coach for the Dragons. There he coached his athletes to 84 all-time performance list marks for the Dragons, had 35 conference medalists, seven conference outdoor champions, 16 NAIA National Qualifiers, two American Mideast Conference Athletes of the Year, five NCAA Academic All-American and six NCAA National Qualifiers.
Vance earned his undergraduate degree in Sociology at the College of Wooster (Ohio) in 2004. He went on to earn his Master's Degree in Business Administration from Tiffin University.
As an athlete, he was an eight-time all-conference honoree at Wooster as well as a national qualifier in the shot put. He still holds both the indoor and outdoor shot put school records for the College of Wooster.
Vance also holds his USATF Level 2 certification in the throwing events.