Winthrop Eagles

2012-13 Men's Basketball Coaching Staff

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Pat Kelsey
Men's Basketball Head Coach

Phone: 6355

Pat Kelsey is in his first season as head coach of the Eagle program after being hired on March 29, 2012.

The first year head coach brings a wealth of experience at a high level having played and coached at Xavier and coached at Wake Forest.

Kelsey says he is thrilled and honored to be the head coach at Winthrop and part of such a traditionally rich program that has made nine NCAA tournament appearances over the past 14 years.  “Winthrop has a powerful name with its history in the NCAA tournament and the successful program it has built. I am not only looking forward to continuing the winning tradition, but hopefully helping the program rise to levels never seen before.”

Kelsey loves to play a “downhill” style of basketball offensively. However, injuries and uncertainty at the point guard position will hinder that option for this season. “We may not play as fast or downhill as I’d like but we’ll still play fast while putting an emphasis on execution and taking good shots.”

Before stepping away from the game following the 2010-11 season, Kelsey was the associate head coach at his alma mater Xavier University, where he spent two seasons.

During his time at Xavier, the team had back-to-back 20-win seasons and NCAA Tournament appearances. In 2009-10 the Musketeers won 26 games en route to sharing the Atlantic 10 regular season championship and advancing to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament as an at-large six-seed. Xavier defeated third-seeded Pittsburgh to advance to the Sweet 16 before falling to Kansas State. The 26 wins were the fourth most in school history at the time. In 2010-11 the Musketeers won 24 games and once again earned an at-large berth to the NCAA Tournament as the team was seeded sixth for the second straight season. Xavier captured the Atlantic 10 regular season title and head coach Chris Mack was named the A-10 Coach of the Year. Junior guard Tu Holloway earned Third Team AP All-America honors.

Prior to his arrival at Xavier, Kelsey spent eight seasons at Wake Forest under the late Skip Prosser and then Dino Gaudio.

During his time in Winston-Salem, Wake averaged nearly 21 wins per year in eight seasons, earning five NCAA Tournament berths, an NIT berth, a No. 1 national ranking in two different seasons and an ACC regular season championship. During his Wake Forest tenure, he worked with current NBA players Chris Paul, Josh Howard, Darius Songaila, James Johnson, Jeff Teague, Al-Farouq Aminu and Ishmael Smith.

Kelsey has played a key role in putting together nationally-ranked recruiting classes to Xavier and before that at Wake Forest. Guard Ishmael Smith was an All-ACC selection and is currently a member of the Houston Rockets, while forward James Johnson was a two-time All-ACC selection and finished as runner-up for 2008 ACC Rookie of the Year and later was selected number 17 overall by the Chicago Bulls in the 2009 NBA Draft. Kelsey also recruited five-star prospect Al-Farouq Aminu, who was ranked as the No. 7 recruit nationally and a McDonald’s All-America in 2008. Aminu was an All-ACC selection in 2010 and was selected number eight overall by the L.A. Clippers in the 2010 NBA Draft.

In 2010, College Bound Hoops ranked Kelsey eighth in the nation among college basketball assistants. He also is recognized as an excellent teacher and tactician in terms of player development, scouting and game preparation.

Kelsey began his coaching career at his prep alma mater, Cincinnati’s Elder High School, from 1998-2001 as an assistant coach under former Xavier guard Joe Schoenfeld. Kelsey first came to Wake Forest in 2001 as director of basketball operations. Mack was an assistant on Prosser’s staff during Kelsey’s three years as DBO. After three years in the DBO position, Prosser promoted Kelsey to assistant coach prior to the 2004-05 season.

Kelsey earned a reputation as an innovative marketer during his time in Winston-Salem, N.C. He worked with current XU head coach and former Wake assistant Chris Mack and Wake marketing to produce the “Tie-Dye Nation” campaign, which still thrives today as the heartbeat of the Wake Forest fanbase.

He was first associated with Prosser as a leader in the Xavier backcourt for three seasons (1996 to 1998), helping the Musketeers reach two NCAA Tournaments. The former point guard served as team co-captain during the 1997-98 season and was voted the team’s Most Inspirational Player in 1996 and 1998.

The playing career of Kelsey began at Wyoming in 1993-94, starting 22 games as a freshman, before transferring back to his hometown to play at Xavier. Prior to college, he earned All-City honors while leading Elder to a 25-4 record and the 1993 Div. I State Championship.

Kelsey, who was born May 15, 1975 in Cincinnati, is a 1998 graduate of Xavier with a degree in business administration and marketing. Kelsey and wife, Lisa, have two daughters, five-year-old Ruthie and three-year-old Caroline.

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