Xavier's Pat Kelsey Steps Down as Associate Head Basketball Coach For Personal Reasons
May 16, 2011
CINCINNATI --- Xavier University men's basketball associate head coach Pat Kelsey is stepping down for personal reasons, Xavier head coach Chris Mack announced today.
"For a long time I have struggled internally with this decision but I have decided to step away from college coaching at this time," said Kelsey. "Four years ago, I witnessed first-hand Coach (Skip) Prosser's death in the basketball office at Wake Forest. That day, my perspective on the profession and life was forever altered. My role as a father and husband is everything to me and the rigors of this business can make that challenging. My family and my health come first. I have allowed time to pass following the season to be sure of my decision. I am currently evaluating opportunities outside of coaching.
"I want to thank everyone at Xavier as it is truly a special place," Kelsey continued. "Chris Mack is one of America's elite coaches. He has done a phenomenal job the last two years and the future is bright under him."
"Pat Kelsey is like a brother to me and I will miss him being part of our basketball staff," said Mack. "Nowadays, college basketball is 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and the balance between career and family can be difficult. I respect and, in many ways, understand his decision to put family first. Kels will always be part of the Xavier Basketball family even as he moves in a different direction professionally. I want to thank him for his help making me a better coach in my first two years leading Xavier Basketball."
Kelsey, 36, enjoyed tremendous success in his eight seasons at Wake Forest under the late Skip Prosser and then Dino Gaudio and his two years as associate head coach at Xavier under Chris Mack. Kelsey was first associated with Prosser as a leader in the Xavier backcourt for three seasons (1996 to 1998), helping the Musketeers reach two NCAA Tournaments. The former point guard served as team co-captain during the 1997-98 season and was voted the team's Most Inspirational Player in 1996 and 1998.
Kelsey began his playing career at Wyoming in 1993-94, starting 22 games as a freshman, before transferring back to his hometown to play at Xavier. Prior to college, he earned All-City honors while leading Cincinnati's Elder High School to a 25-4 record and the 1993 Div. I State Championship.
Kelsey, who was born May 15, 1975 in Cincinnati, is a 1998 graduate of Xavier with a degree in business administration and marketing. Kelsey and wife, Lisa, have two daughters, three-year-old Ruthie and two-year old Caroline.