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Pat Kelsey Set to Take Over as Louisville’s Head Basketball Coach: An In-Depth Look at His Record and Contract

BySamantha Nguyen

Mar 27, 2024
Pat Kelsey from CofC could potentially become Louisville’s next coach | Sports

Louisville is reportedly set to hire College of Charleston’s head coach Pat Kelsey as its new basketball coach, following the dismissal of Kenny Payne. Kelsey, who has led the Cougers to consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, is finalizing a deal that will see him take over as Louisville’s coach either on Wednesday or Thursday.

Over the past three seasons, Kelsey has compiled an impressive 74-27 overall record at College of Charleston and a 39-15 record in the Coastal Athletic Association. The 2022-23 season was his standout year, where he guided the Cougars to a historic 31-4 record and set a program record for the most wins at the NCAA Division I level. This successful run included the nation’s longest winning streak at 20 games and a month-long spot in The Associated Press’ Top 25 poll.

Kelsey also recently signed a lucrative five-year contract extension worth $1 million in annual pay running through the 2028 season. The deal includes bonuses he received this year and a $50,000 pay raise had he remained for the following year. The contract has a $1 million buyout clause in case Kelsey decides to leave Charleston before 2028.

Several key players from the Cougars have entered the transfer portal amidst the coaching change, including Ante Brzovic, Ben Burnham, Jordan Crawford, Khalil London, and Evan Kilminster. Kelsey’s adaptability to evolving college sports landscape has set him apart by embracing elements like transfer portal and name image likeness (NIL).

If Kelsey makes the transition to Louisville, he would be following in Earl Grant’s footsteps who moved from CofC to Boston College in 2021. Grant’s success at Boston College after seven seasons at College of Charleston bodes well for Kelsey’s coaching prospects in ACC

By Samantha Nguyen

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