Louisville Hires Pat Kelsey as New Men's Basketball Coach

Louisville Hires Pat Kelsey as New Men's Basketball Coach

The University of Louisville has hired Pat Kelsey as the new head coach for the men's basketball program. The announcement came Thursday from Athletic Director Josh Heird.

Kelsey brings an impressive resume of program-building success. In his 12 seasons as a head coach at College of Charleston and Winthrop, he amassed a stellar 261-122 record with a 68.1% winning percentage. His teams have won 11 conference titles and made 4 NCAA Tournament appearances.

This past season, Kelsey guided College of Charleston to a 27-8 record, capturing both the regular season and tournament crowns in the Colonial Athletic Association. The Cougars earned a #13 seed in the NCAA Tournament before falling to Alabama. Kelsey was named the CAA Coach of the Year.

The 47-year-old Cincinnati native takes over as the 24th head coach in Louisville's 110-year basketball history. He inherits a program seeking to reclaim its status as an elite national power after some turbulent years.

"I'm humbled and honored for this opportunity at Louisville," Kelsey stated. "This storied program has been led by coaching giants, and my charge is to help return it to being one of the very best in college basketball."

Kelsey's coaching journey began as an assistant at his alma mater Xavier in 2009 after previous stints at Wake Forest. He spent 9 seasons as the highly successful head coach at Winthrop before moving to Charleston in 2021.

With his track record of overachieving, developing talent, and building winners, Pat Kelsey appears to be an excellent hire for Louisville as they aim to reestablish their championship caliber tradition.

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