Kelley has spent the last two seasons as a graduate manager for the Michigan State men’s basketball program under head coach Tom Izzo.
“We are excited to welcome Thomas Kelley to our coaching staff. When you combine Coach Kelley’s reputation for individual development along with 15 years of professional basketball experience, he is a coach you want on your bench,” said Hawkins. “He is a high-energy guy and is somebody that our players and fans will enjoy getting to know.”
Kelley, a native of Grand Rapids, Mich., played at Michigan State from 1995-99 and was a part of Izzo’s first Final Four team as a fifth-year senior in 1998-99. Kelley played in 115 games for the Spartans, averaging 5.3 points and 2.0 assists per game.
After his collegiate career, Kelley played 15 seasons overseas in Amsterdam, Israel, Turkey, Austria, Hungary and Finland.
“This is a dream come true in a sense with the location of the school and my dream of always being a Division I assistant coach,” said Kelley. “Being a Grand Rapids kid and close to home, this is the perfect spot for me and I am happy to be here.”
The Broncos will hit the court for the first of two exhibition contests on Saturday, Oct. 27 at 2:00 p.m. inside University Arena against Northwood University. WMU squares off with Kalamazoo College on Saturday, Nov.3 before kicking off the 2018 campaign on Tuesday, Nov. 6 against Detroit Mercy.