NEW ROCHELLE, NY - Iona College women's basketball head coach Billi Godsey announced the promotion of Ashlee Kelly to associate head coach. Kelly is entering her sixth season with the program this fall.
"Ashlee’s commitment to our program and the relationships she has built with our players has been phenomenal," said Godsey. "I am excited to recognize her hard work and dedication through this promotion."
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.
She has also been instrumental in landing some of Iona's top newcomers over the past three seasons including rising senior Damika Martinez and rising junior Joy Adams. Martinez, a two-time MAAC Player of the Year, enters her final season with the Gaels just 29 points away from becoming the program’s all-time leading scorer. Adams earned All-MAAC First Team honors with the Gaels in 2013-14, when she finished third in the country in rebounding and grabbed a Iona single-season record 442 boards.
Before to joining the Iona staff, Kelly spent three seasons as the head coach at Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, NY. While at Mercy, Kelly transformed a 2-75 program into a legitimate ECC league competitor, leading the team to its first conference tournament appearance in eight years in 2009. 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 during 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.