Pat Kelsey. Kelsey was tabbed to lead the Winthrop program after firing Randy Peele earlier this month. You may not know who Pat Kelsey is, but in just a few years I believe you will hear his name mentioned in the same manner that the media discusses Shaka Smart and John Groce this past year. College basketball is about preparedness, being disciplined, and being passionate about the game. Pat Kelsey's team will exhibit all of those characteristics and Winthrop fans better hold on because the ride is about to begin.
In my travels through coaching I have been blessed to work with several people over the years who started off as Roy Williams did, a little known coach who has won two titles at UNC. As a high school assistant coach I began working basketball camps, and fortunately i was hooked up with Wake Forest basketball when Coach Odom was there, and continued as Coach Prosser led the Demon Deacons. While working at Wake Forest I had the privilege to work with Coach Kelsey as he was the director of basketball operations. I saw some of the same things about Chris Mack, and he has been pretty successful at Xavier where both he and Kelsey played.
Kelsey was a energetic positive person who everyone wanted to be around. With that energy though he has an attention to detail great coaches need. Rarely do you find a coach that has the passion of say Dick Vitale and the attention to detail like Dean Smith. Do not allow yourself to become carried away. i am not saying Kelsey is the next Dean Smith, but merely giving you a glimpse into the man behind the scenes.
You may be saying to yourself that I am biased toward Coach Kelsey, and that may be a little true, but he is a winner. Look at every place he has coached and you will see they experienced success. Without giving away recruit secrets I know first of innovative things he created at Wake Forest that helped lure some of the great players while Skip Prosser was at the helm.
In three years I may have to eat my words, but if i am going to stick my reputation out for any young coach in the business I would for Pat Kelsey.
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