About Tom Kelsey
Coach Kelsey started his coaching career at Brentwood Academy in Brentwood, Tennessee as an assistant coach. There, he moved to Franklin Road Academy (FRA) in Nashville, Tennessee as the head coach. Kelsey then took over at Faulkner University in Montgomery, Alabama. He was able to be part of one of the best turnarounds in college basketball history going from a 4-24 record in 1989-90 to a 23-11 record in 1990-91. He was able to take Faulkner to its first ever trip to the NAIA National Tournament and was named District 27 Coach of the Year. In 1994, Kelsey went back to his alma mater, Lipscomb University to coach with his college coach, the legendary, Coach Don Meyer.
Then in 1995 he went with Mark Gottfried as an assistant coach Murray State University. Murray State went to two NCAA tournaments and one NIT in three years with Kelsey as an assitant coach. Murray State at the time set a record for wins in the Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) and the highest seed ever for an OVC team in the NCAA big dance. In 1998, Kelsey went with Coach Gottfried to the University of Alabama for three more seasons. After taking a year off from coaching in 2001-2002 Kelsey then got back into coaching at Greater Atlanta Christian School in Norcross, Georgia. Kelsey’s final team went to the Elite 8 in the state tournament.
In 2005 , Kelsey took over at Belhaven University in Jackson, Mississippi. He took the Blazers to it’s first NAIA National Tournament experience in 36 years. He was named conference Coach of the Year. In 2012, the Blazers made it back to the NAIA National Tournament. His team was awarded the Team Sportsmanship award while at the National Tournament. Kelsey also won the Charles A. Kriegel Award, given to the coach of the team that wins the sportsmanship award
In the spring of 2012 Kelsey joined Coach Johnny Jones at Louisiana State University (LSU) as Director of Basketball Operations.
Kelsey has been married to his wife Edie for 23 years. They have five kids ranging from the age of 20 down to 2 years old. Kelsey has given up any hobbies until his kids all graduate from high school. Love of the game and helping others is what drives him as a coach. Also he also considers his role of husband and father one his great honors.