University of Saint Mary Vice President of Athletics Rob Miller has announced the hiring of Andrew Kelley as the new women’s basketball head coach. Kelley comes to USM from Baker University in Baldwin City, Kan.
“We are excited to have Andy lead our women’s basketball program,” Miller said. “He has a solid plan for success.”
Kelley spent four total seasons on the Wildcats women’s basketball staff as an assistant. While there, he helped lead the team to a 90-36 record, as well as a Heart of America Athletic Conference regular season and tournament championship in 2017. The Wildcats also made three NAIA National Tournament appearances – two Sweet 16 and one Final Four appearance along with a runner-up finish in 2016.
He also coached and recruited four NAIA All-Americans, 10 All-Conference selections, a two-time conference Defensive Player of the Year and one conference Player of the Year.
Kelley was also the head men’s and women’s golf coach where he had six tournament victories and coached the 2021 Women’s Golf Heart of America Newcomer of the Year. He also served as the head coach of Kansas Eclipse 15U and 16U girls basketball club teams in the KC metro area.
“I am incredibly excited to be named the Head Women’s Basketball Coach at the University of Saint Mary,” Kelley said. “I have always had a tremendous amount of respect for this University and I knew this was the perfect fit for me. I want to thank Sister Diane Steele and Rob (Miller) for giving me this amazing opportunity to serve this institution as we help our athletes to achieve excellence both on and off the court. I am excited for the challenge that the KCAC brings and cannot wait to get started.”
Kelley graduated from Baker in 2014 and was a three-time All-Heart of America Conference First Team member on the Wildcats’ golf team.
He resides in Gardner, Kan. with his wife Jess who is the assistant girls basketball coach at Desoto High School.KCAC NAIA