July 16, 2003


Mike Kelley Steps Down from Rhode Island College Women’s Basketball Post


Providence, RI—Rhode Island College Head Women’s Basketball Coach Mike Kelley has resigned to take the Head Girls’ Basketball Coach’s position at North Kingstown High School (RI). A search for a new head coach will begin immediately.


"I feel it’s time for me to step aside and go back to my roots as a high school coach, " Kelley says. "I am grateful for the opportunity to have coached at the collegiate level. It was a great experience. Rhode Island College was an excellent place to coach. I look forward to the challenge of coaching back at North Kingstown High School, a place I had an enjoyable experience at previously."


Kelley, 59, accumulated a record of 39-87 in five years at RIC. His most successful season came in 1998-99 when the Anchorwomen posted a 17-9 overall record, an 8-6 (fourth place) mark in the Little East and RIC advanced to the semi-finals of the LEC post-season tournament.


He was the varsity Head Girls’ Basketball Coach at North Kingstown High School from 1995-1998. He led the team to a 60-21 record in three years, with the team qualifying for the state playoffs in each of those seasons. NKHS was the Division Champions and a Division I State Finalist in 1998. The team was a Division I State Quarter-Finalist in 1996 and 1997.


Prior to coaching at North Kingstown, Kelley was the varsity Head Girls’ Basketball Coach at West Warwick High School from 1983 until 1995. He compiled a 211-77 record and captured the Class A State Championship in 1991 and 1992. WWHS was the Division Champion under his guidance in 1988, 1989, 1991 and 1993.


Kelley holds a bachelor of arts degree in education/math from Providence College which he received in 1965. He is currently a teacher at Bishop Hendricken High School in Warwick.


Kelley resides in West Warwick with his wife Judith. They have three children: Kristen, Melissa and Courtney and three grandchildren.