Pat Kelsey from CofC could potentially become Louisville’s next coach | Sports

College of Charleston’s head coach Pat Kelsey is expected to become the next basketball coach at Louisville, reports suggest. After leading College of Charleston to consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, Kelsey is reportedly finalizing a deal that could see him take over as the Cardinals’ new coach either on Wednesday or Thursday. This move comes after Louisville fired Kenny Payne earlier this month following a disappointing season with only eight wins. In just two seasons, Payne compiled a 12-52 overall record, leading to his dismissal.

Kelsey’s successful run at College of Charleston has been marked by his adaptability to the evolving college sports landscape. He embraced elements like the transfer portal and name, image, and likeness, setting himself apart from other coaches in the region. Over the past three seasons, Kelsey managed an impressive 74-27 overall record at College of Charleston, with a marked 39-15 record in the Coastal Athletic Association. The 2022-23 season was Kelsey’s standout year, where he guided the Cougars to a historic 31-4 record, setting 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.

Several key players from the Cougars have entered the transfer portal amidst the coaching change. Ante Brzovic, Ben Burnham, Jordan Crawford, Khalil London, and Evan Kilminster are among those who have declared their intentions to leave for other schools. Kelsey’s ability to retain top talent despite coaching changes will be crucial to his success in Louisville.

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