Monday, April 27, 2009

Pat Kelsey

Pat Kelsey today will be announced as the 'Associate Head Coach' and will be the final piece to join Chris Mack's staff. Anytime you can get a guy of this caliber you take him. He just interviewed for Applachian State's head coaching gig and is only 33 years old. He has spent the last nine years on Wake Forest's staff and was promoted to assistant when Mack left Wake Forest to rejoin the Musketeers under Miller. From a recruiting standpoint this is a huge win. He is credited with being the lead man for Wake on the recruitment of Ari Stewart, Tony Woods, Al-Farouq Aminu, Ishmael Smith, James Johnson and Jeff Teague. The team and staff are setting themselves up to hit the ground running for the loaded 2010 class in the fall. Also it appears Mario will be staying in his role and Chris Rounds (strength coach) seems set to stay as well.

In regards to recruiting there is 'buzz' that highly touted Donte Williams (2010) from Georgia will be announcing a decision soon which Xavier fans will be interested in. When you think of Williams think Derrick Brown but only a couple of inches taller. Kelsey really has made a lot of headway in Georgia the last few years. Certainly the ACC is easier to sell than the A10 but we should be in great shape with players from that loaded state for this upcoming class. Of course Kelsey played at XU and graduated in 1998. He may not be here long if he continues to pop up on lower tier schools radar's as a possible Head Coach or he could be the next in line here at Xavier. He becomes only the second Associate Head Coach X has ever had, the first being Sean Miller.

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