Buzzards Bay, MA -- Massachusetts Maritime Academy turned to one of their own this week appointing Michael Kelley as Athletic Director. Kelley replaces former AD Garin Veris who resigned in March. Kelley has filled the role of acting Athletic Director since that time.
“Mike knows the tradition and pride that has always surrounded Massachusetts Maritime Athletics,” said Academy President, Admiral Francis McDonald, "and has the experience necessary to ensure that we continue to produce some of the top student-athletes in Division 3. I have known Mike for a long time and have confidence in his knowledge and ability. He is certainly a welcome addition to our athletic administrative staff.”
A 1999 graduate of Massachusetts Maritime, Kelley played both baseball and football for all four years at the Academy. He was named all-New England on the gridiron and is a three time all-NEFC honors recipient as a wide receiver. In baseball he was twice named all-conference.
In 2009 Kelley was inducted into the MMA Athletic Hall of Fame.
Kelley returned to the Academy for the 2005 football season as an assistant coach the next spring joined the staff of legendary Maritime baseball coach Bob Corradi, under whom he served until 2016 when he took over the baseball program as head coach. In his three seasons at the helm he has taken the Buccaneers to the Massachusetts State College Athletic Conference championship playoffs twice.
“Academics have always come first at the Academy, excellence in education has always been our goal,” Kelley said. “Along with that, excellence in athletics is something we have always strived for and will continue to do. Our student-athletes here at Mass Maritime are my top priority. Along with our entire coaching staff we will be working hard to put our student-athletes in a position to succeed, while at the same time honoring the pride and tradition that has always been a trademark of our institution.”
This fall Kelley will resume his Buccaneer football coaching duties under head coach Jeremey Cameron marking his 14th season.
On Saturday September 22nd the Massachusetts Maritime Buccaneers will host Framingham State University for the annual Kelley Cup, named after the father and son combination of FSU Head Coach and Athletic Director Tom Kelley and MMA assistant football coach and AD Mike Kelley.
Massachusetts Maritime Academy open the fall season on Saturday, September 1 when the Buccaneer Men’s soccer team hosts Suffolk University at Clean Harbors Stadium at noon. For more information on MMA athletics visit mmabucs.com.
Dan Crowley, Assistant Sports Information Director