April 9, 2004



Michael Kelly Steps Down
As Rhode Island College Basketball Coach


Providence, RI—Michael Kelly has resigned as the head men's basketball coach at Rhode Island College in order to accept an assistant coach's position at James Madison University. Kelly will be joining the staff of recently appointed Head Coach Dean Keener. Keener was previously an assistant at Georgia Tech, which lost to the University of Connecticut in the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship Game on Monday night.


"This was a very difficult decision to make," Kelly says. "It is especially tough to leave my players. This was an excellent opportunity for me professionally and I am looking forward to working on Coach Keener's staff at James Madison University."


Kelly came to Rhode Island College prior to the 2001-02 season and brought the program back to respectability, including posting one of the best turnarounds in NCAA Division III men's basketball history in 2002-03.


A search for a new head men's basketball coach will begin immediately.