Kelsey Accepts Head Coaching Job at UMass Following Five Years and 102 Wins at Winthrop
ROCK HILL, SC—Pat Kelsey is leaving Winthrop as head men’s basketball coach after five years to accept the same position at the University of Massachusetts.
UMass officials announced the hiring on Tuesday afternoon just after Kelsey met with the Winthrop players and staff to inform them of his decision.
Kelsey departs Winthrop after leading the Eagles to the 2017 Big South Conference Championship and the school’s first NCAA Tournament appearance in seven years. He completed his five seasons with a 102-59 overall record and a 56-30 conference slate. In five years he guided the Eagles to three 20-win seasons, two Big South regular season co-championships, and four appearances in the Big South championship game.
“Winthrop University is so fortunate to have had Pat Kelsey as our head men’s basketball coach for the past five years,” said Winthrop Athletics Director Ken Halpin. “In his time here he has done everything right and done nothing but improve every aspect of this program. The impact he has made on the Winthrop and Rock Hill communities has been tremendous. We truly wish him the best and have no doubts that he will bring success and a winning tradition to UMass.”
According to Halpin, the process to identify Coach Kelsey’s replacement is underway. “I’m excited to identify the next leader for our men’s basketball program,” he says.