Aaron Kelly
Aaron Kelly
Title: Head Coach
Phone: 202-319-6046
Email: kellya@cua.edu
Alma Mater: Catholic '06

Kelly was introduced as the 21st head men's basketball coach at Catholic and first since 1992 on April 13, 2019.

A 2006 graduate with 13 seasons of experience as an assistant coach, including 11 at Division I, Kelly spent the previous four seasons at nearby George Mason under head coach Dave Paulsen. He has been instrumental in the resurgence of the Patriots' program, working closely with the entire roster, contributing to in-game management and overseeing all recruiting efforts.

Kelly helped George Mason become one of the nation's most improved teams. The Patriots went from an 11-21 record and 5-13 mark in Atlantic 10 games during his first campaign to 20 wins the following year before posting a school record 11 conference wins this season. In four years, George Mason has averaged over 16 wins per season and played in the 2017 College Basketball Invitational, the program's first postseason appearance since 2013.

As the Patriots' recruiting coordinator, Kelly successfully recruited 14 scholarship players who have significantly contributed to the team's success, including All-Atlantic 10 selections Otis Livingston II and Justin Kier. This season, Kier was an NABC All-District honoree and one of only 14 players in Division I to average 13 points, six rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.5 steals. Also this year, underclassmen accounted for 41 percent of Mason's minutes, 41.9 percent of their rebounding and 37.9 percent of their points.

Widely respected for his player development skills, Kelly helped Jalen Jenkins post career highs as a senior in scoring (12.0 ppg), rebounding (6.1 rpg) and field goal percentage (61.2) in 2017-18. Kelly also facilitated the recruitment of forward AJ Wilson who received an Under Armour All-America Top 80 ranking and forward Greg Calixte who was one of seven finalists for Mr. Basketball in the state of New York.

Prior to George Mason, Kelly spent seven years under Paulsen at Bucknell, helping the Bison to a record of 134-94, four Patriot League championships, two NCAA tournament berths and two NIT appearances. He helped secure 14 all-conference selections, including three Patriot League Player of the Year winners and five All-Rookie honorees. He worked with four All-Patriot League forwards, including Mike Muscala who is currently a member of the Los Angeles Lakers.

As the team's academic advisor, Kelly oversaw six Patriot League All-Academic selections, two CoSIDA All-District honorees and one CoSIDA Academic All-American.

Before Bucknell, Kelly spent one season as an assistant coach under Paulsen at Williams in 2007-08 as the Ephs posted a 17-8 record. In addition to his duties in recruiting, scouting, player development and strength and conditioning, he also served as head junior varsity coach.

Kelly was an assistant at Clarkson in 2006-07 under head coach Adam Stockwell, helping guide the Golden Knights to a 14-12 record after they posted just five wins the previous season. 

In 13 collegiate seasons, Kelly has 411 games of experience and has been a part of 230 wins, including 31 in two seasons at Division III.

Kelly graduated from Catholic in 2006 with a bachelor of arts in history. The Cardinals totaled an 89-28 record, advancing to four conference finals and capturing Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) championships in 2004 and 2006. They also made four postseason appearances, including three in the NCAA tournament in 2003, 2004 and 2006. Catholic was also ranked in the top-25 nationally with a high of No. 11 in the NABC Division III Coaches Poll on Jan. 22, 2003.

A native of Syracuse, N.Y., Kelly played in 91 games for the Cardinals and was elected team captain as a senior. He was also named to the CAC All-Academic Team. His brother, Sean, played three seasons for the Cardinals from 2004-07 after transferring from St. Lawrence. 

Kelly lives in Fairfax, Virginia with his wife, Katie, and two sons, Sean and Jack.