Mike Kelley, who shined on the diamond and on the gridiron en route to induction into the Academy’s Athletic Hall of Fame, enters his second season as Head Baseball Coach at Massachusetts Maritime in 2017. And he will have some work to do to top all of the accomplishments his Buccaneers garnered in his inaugural campaign.
Kelley guided his alma mater to 24 victories (the third highest single season win total in school history) and Massachusetts Maritime's first-ever berth in the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference championship game. The Buccaneers also earned their second straight trip to the ECAC New England semifinals before falling to eventual tournament champion MIT.
A native of Milford, Mass., Kelley served for 10 seasons as one of legendary mentor Bob Corradi’s assistants while overseeing recruitment for the program. He helped lead Massachusetts Maritime to its first Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference championship in 33 years in 2015, and during his tenure as an assistant coach, a total of 15 players have earned all-conference, all-New England and all-regional accolades. That carried over to his first season as the head coach, as Mike mentored Logan Sullo '18 to his second straight MASCAC Player of the Year nod.
A two-time all-MASCAC performer on the baseball diamond, Kelley batted .400 during his senior campaign of 1999 while serving as a team captain en route to earning the nod as Massachusetts Maritime’s Male Athlete of the Year. Mike sported a career .346 batting average and was team MVP during his final collegiate season, and seven years later he rejoined Corradi in the dugout to begin his tenure as assistant coach.
Kelley also shined on the football field for Massachusetts Maritime, as he ranks third on the career receiving yards list and was a prolific performer for the Buccaneers over the course of four seasons. The 2006 Kevin Honkala Award recipient for contributions to the baseball program, Mike was inducted into the Academy’s Athletic Hall of Fame as a member of the 10th class honored in 2009.
Kelley, who serves in the full-time role as a company officer in Massachusetts Maritime’s COMCAD office, resides in Bourne with his wife Tammy and their sons, Ty and Drew. He has served as an assistant to Buccaneer Head Football Coach Jeremy Cameron for the last 12 seasons, with his primary responsibility being defensive backs coach. Mike’s father, Tom, is the longtime Director of Athletics and Head Football Coach at Framingham State University.