Pat Kelsey’s Louisville basketball staff will include 3 of his top Charleston assistants

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Pat Kelsey said the members of his now-former Charleston men’s basketball coaching staff are “loyal as the day’s long.”

At least three will join his new Louisville regime, a source confirmed to The Courier Journal on Tuesday.

They are assistants Brian Kloman, Michael Cassidy and Thomas Carr.

The details of their contracts were not available Tuesday; because the hires had not been made official.

Kelsey has a $2.1 million salary pool to build his staff, according to a signed copy of his Memorandum of Understanding with the U of L Athletic Association obtained by The Courier Journal via open records request.

Over the past two seasons, Kelsey & Co. have guided Charleston to a 58-12 record and back-to-back conference tournament championships to secure automatic bids to March Madness. Both trips ended in first-round losses.

When asked during his introductory news conference about the possibility of staff members following him to the Cardinals, Kelsey credited them for his 2024 Coastal Athletic Association Coach of the Year award.

“(They’re) why we win,” he said. “Culture is the machine behind the scenes.”

He later added, “You don’t have to be the smartest in the room; but you better have the smartest room.”

Last January, the NCAA expanded men’s and women’s basketball coaching staffs from three to five on-court assistants.

Kelsey’s two other on-court assistants at Charleston were Mitch Johnson (director of basketball operations) and Jermaine Ukaegbu (director of player development).

Judging by the former making a Louisville logo his header photo on X, formerly Twitter, it appears he’ll be headed to the 502 soon. Others are likely not far behind.

And Kelsey said he’s considering adding “someone, or a couple, from the outside.”

Here’s what to know about the first three additions to his staff — Kloman, Cassidy and Carr:

Brian Kloman

An Asheville, North Carolina, native, Kloman has worked with Kelsey for 10 seasons.

They joined forces in 2014, during Kelsey’s nine-year stint at Winthrop, and have…

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Publish date : 2024-04-02 20:19:51

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