July 1, 2009

Colleen Kelly ‘06 Named Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach

Providence, RI- Former Brown women's basketball standout, Colleen Kelly '06, has recently been named an assistant coach on Head Coach Jean Marie Burr's staff for the 2009-2010 season.  Kelly comes to Brown from Colgate, where she spent the last two years serving as an assistant coach.

"It's an honor to be back at Brown and working with Coach Burr," said Kelly.  "Brown is a great place that has given me a lot of opportunities and I want to share my passion for Brown and its basketball program with everyone else."

During her four-year career at Brown, Kelly guided the Bears to four winning seasons and currently ranks 12th in scoring in Brown basketball history with 1,080 career points, and also holds the record for career three-pointers (170).   She got off to a great start during her freshman campaign, scoring 290 points and tallying a career-high 60 steals to be named to the Ivy League's All-Rookie team while her squad placed second in the Ivy League.  She then helped Brown to two more winning seasons taking second and third place finishes, and capped off her career with an Ivy League Championship compiling an overall record of 18-10 (12-2 Ivy).  That season, Kelly poured in 371 points and received Second Team All-Ivy accolades giving the Bears its sixth Ivy League title.

"I am thrilled to have Colleen join us on the sidelines," said Burr.  " We are extremely fortunate to have such an accomplished Ivy League Player and experienced assistant coach. She achieved record-breaking success each year on the hardwood and then quietly earned a spot on the All-Ivy Team as she helped our Brown BEARS earn its sixth Ivy Championship."

While at Colgate for the 2007 and 2008 seasons, Kelly was an assistant coach under the direction of former Brown basketball letter winner and assistant coach, Pam Bass '91.  She assisted in all aspects of recruiting and was responsible for coaching the Red Raiders' guards.  As the guard coach, she was responsible for overseeing the development of all guard play, including conducting individual workouts throughout the year.   Kelly also coordinated all team travel arrangements, served as an academic coach and was responsible for organizing practice schedules. 

"She is going to be a fantastic teacher and coach for our players, one that will bring interesting and fun stories, I am sure, from her days on College Hill," added Burr.  "She stands for what it takes to excel at Brown."

Prior to Colgate, Kelly served as an assistant at Longwood University in Farmville, VA.  Kelly is a graduate of the WBCA's Nike So You Want to Be a Coach Program. She has worked numerous summer basketball camps and clinics in both Rhode Island and New York and also earned many academic-related awards, including the United States Army Reserve National Scholar-Athlete and U.S. Marine Corp Distinguished Athlete awards.

A native of Webster, N.Y., Kelly earned her Bachelor of Science degree in business economics from Brown in 2006. Additionally, she was a three-sport standout at Webster Schroeder High School in Rochester, N.Y., where she is the all-time leading scorer in Warrior basketball history.