August 29, 2001

Kelly Named Head Men’s Basketball Coach
at Rhode Island College

Providence, RI—Rhode Island College named Mike Kelly as its Head Men’s Basketball Coach. Kelly takes over for Dave Johnston who served as the interim coach during the 2000-01 season. He will also serve as RIC’s Coordinator of Intramurals.

"I am very excited about the opportunity to coach at Rhode Island College," Kelly says. "I am thankful to [RIC President] John Nazarian and [RIC Athletic Director] Don Tencher for having the confidence in me to take over the men’s basketball program. I look forward to the challenge of competing in the Little East Conference and working with the team."

Kelly was previously an Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach at Davidson College since August of 1999. During his two-year stint with the Wildcats, Kelly was responsible for practice and game coaching, scouting of opponents, individual workouts, strength & conditioning and he coordinated the film exchange program. He assisted in the monitoring of academics and was responsible for all basketball travel and team functions. In addition, he served as the camp director for The Bob McKillop [Davidson’s Head Men’s Basketball Coach] Basketball Camp.

Prior to taking the Davidson job, Kelly was an Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach at Virginia Tech University from August of 1996 through July of 1999. His duties included coordinating recruiting, monitoring the team’s academic progress, assisting in scouting and game preparation and the coordination of the film exchange and editing program.

Kelly began his coaching career in July 1993 at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy as an Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach, a position he held until July of 1996. He was responsible for game and practice coaching, as well as recruiting and scouting. During his tenure at the USMMA, he also served as an admissions assistant and was the assistant equipment and facilities manager.

As an undergraduate, Kelly was a two-year starter in men’s basketball while at St. Joseph’s College (ME). He led the team to a district championship and a berth in the NAIA National Tournament in both 1992 and 1993. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration in 1993.

Kelly hails from Yarmouth, Massachusetts and is a 1989 graduate of Dennis-Yarmouth High School.

Kelly is in the process of relocating to Rhode Island with his wife Jill.

The Anchormen open the 2001-02 season at the Hartwick Holiday Classic against Western New England College on Friday, Nov. 16. Tip-off is scheduled for 8 p.m.


Rhode Island College: Named Mike Kelly Head Men’s Basketball Coach/Coordinator of Intramurals
In an interesting side story, Rhode Island College’s Head Women’s Basketball Coach is named Mike Kelley, but spells his last name differently.


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