Xavier University men's basketball associate head coach Pat Kelsey is stepping down for personal reasons, Xavier head coach Chris Mack announced today.
"For a long time I have struggled internally with this decision but I have decided to step away from college coaching at this time," said Kelsey. "Four years ago, I witnessed first-hand Coach (Skip) Prosser's death in the basketball office at Wake Forest. That day, my perspective on the profession and life was forever altered. My role as a father and husband is everything to me and the rigors of this business can make that challenging. My family and my health come first. I have allowed time to pass following the season to be sure of my decision. I am currently evaluating opportunities outside of coaching.
Kelsey, 36, enjoyed tremendous success in his eight seasons at Wake Forest under the late Skip Prosser and then Dino Gaudio and his two years as associate head coach at Xavier under Chris Mack. Kelsey was first associated with Prosser as a leader in the Xavier backcourt for three seasons (1996 to 1998), helping the Musketeers reach two NCAA Tournaments. The former point guard served as team co-captain during the 1997-98 season and was voted the team's Most Inspirational Player in 1996 and 1998.
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