NEW SEASON COMES WITH NEW
COACHING STAFF FOR ANCHORMEN HOOPSTERS
Crofton, Sports Information Intern
2001-02 Rhode Island College mens basketball team will
be coached by an entirely new staff this year, with Head Coach
Mike Kelly at the helm. If youre familiar with the RIC
athletic department staff at all you might be thinking that the
womens hoops coach has switched over to the mens
program- not the case. This Mike Kelly is new to RIC, coming
from the basketball programs at Davidson College and Virginia
Tech, while Mike Kelley is the long-time womens
basketball coach at RIC.
more new faces will assist first-year Anchormen coach Kelly with
his revamping of the basketball program, assistant coaches Jeff
Caron and Patrick McNulty. Caron has coached at Little East Conference
rival institution Plymouth State College and McNulty has been
a coach at the College of Charleston in South Carolina.
Kelly regime takes over for [Head Coach] Dave Johnstons
staff, which filled in on an interim basis last season, after
long-time coach James Adams announced his retirement in September
asked what his feelings are about starting the 2001-2002 campaign
with an entirely new coaching staff, Coach Kelly responded enthusiastically,
We have a great staff here. Jeff Caron and Patrick McNulty
both bring tremendous experience and knowledge to the team. The
three of us will be working very hard together to ensure that
our players benefit as much as possible.
years Anchormen finished the season with record of 8-16
overall and 4-10, good for seventh place, in the Little East
Conference. Because the team is still in the early stages of
preseason practice, it is too soon to say what the squads
finite goals, in terms of win-loss record or conference finish,
will be as of yet. Both the coaching staff and the players themselves
are already striving for other more general goals, however. My
foremost goal is to lay the foundation of a great program this
year, says Kelly. I am committed to the team and
to devoting the necessary time to focusing on details, the little
things that make the difference. We want to build from this team
and season in the future. I want us to be the hardest working
and the toughest team on our schedule. Well accomplish
this by getting better every day in practice.
Pete Mollo and Mike Monahan and forward Scott Main are expected
to lead the Anchormen on the court this season. Kelly describes
Mollo as a great leader, both on the court and around campus,
while lauding Monahan and Main as helpful to me as I adjusted
to RIC and in leading the younger guys on the team.
is optimistic about the 2001-2002 campaign and the new coaching
staff that comes with it, saying, We have some great freshmen,
everyone has a really positive attitude, we all want to win.
Coach Kellys style matches ours, things are going to be
a lot different this year. The new staff is going
to be good for us, agrees Monahan. Things already
seem more organized and disciplined; its great to have
coaches who are young and energetic.
Kellys feelings about his players are just as positive
as those of his players are about him. I am very excited
about the upcoming season, says Kelly. I have a bunch
of great guys on the team. They worked extremely hard on their
own during preseason, theyve done everything that I asked
of them. I really look forward to working with them every day.
Anchormen will begin the 2001-2002 campaign on Friday, Nov. 17
against Western New England College at the Hartwick Holiday Classic.
Tip-off is scheduled for 8 p.m.