Ashlee Kelly joined the Iona College women's basketball staff in 2009 and was evalated to the position of associate head coach prior to the start of the 2014-15 season. Before coming to New Rochelle, she spent the three previous years as the head women's basketball coach at Mercy College.
In her role with the Gaels, Kelly will be involved in all aspects of the program. Her primary responsibilities will be working with the post players, game preparation, and defensive expertise. Kelly has also served as the team's recruiting coordinator.
Kelly served as the Gaels' top assistant coach and recruiting coordinator during the 2013-14 campaign and helped mentor the team to a 26-6 record, which earned the Maroon & Gold a share of the MAAC Regular Season Championship and a berth in the Women’s National Invitation Tournament.
In her second year as the associate head coach, Kelly acted as a catalyst for one of the greatest defensive seasons in program history. In 2015-16, Iona held it's opponents to just 57.1 points per game, the lowest 1976-77; the uptake in defense was essential to the Maroon & Gold capturing their first ever MAAC title and NCAA tournament appearance.
While at Mercy, Kelly transformed a 2-75 program into a legitimate ECC league competitor, with 2009 marking the team's first conference tournament appearance in eight years. She recruited and developed multiple All-Conference athletes and organized a community based outreach program providing basketball clinics to local school children.
Kelly's playing experience includes four years at Quinnipiac University, where she graduated from in 2004 with a bachelor's degree in criminal justice. She completed her career with the Bobcats ranked second all-time in both scoring (1,580 points) and rebounding (1,107). Kelly was named NEC Player of the Year during her junior season and led all NCAA Division I players in rebounding at 13.5 per game as a senior.
Following her collegiate career, Kelly went on to play professionally for the Perik Jumpers in Holland, leading the nation in scoring and rebounding over the 2004-05 season. She began her coaching career as an assistant for the Connecticut Breeze U-13 and U-15 AAU teams in 2003 and 2004, and served as an assistant for a Dutch youth league while playing overseas in the fall of 2004 and spring of 2005.
In addition to her head coaching role at Mercy, Kelly also served as the Assistant Director of Athletics for Student Services/SWA beginning in July 2006. She filled the role of Interim Co-Director of Athletics for the 2007-08 academic year.
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