The 2018-19 season will be Todd Kelly’s fifth season at the helm of the Illinois Tech men’s basketball program. The program’s turnaround under Kelly has been nothing short of outstanding, as the Scarlet Hawks have gone from a zero-win team just five seasons ago to 42-13 over the past two years. The last two campaigns have included two straight USCAA Tournament appearances, several school records, and five different players named USCAA All-American (Samuel Rarick, Anthony Mosley Jr., Malik Howze, Jake Digiorgio, Max Hisatake). Kelly was also named the USCAA’s Men’s Basketball Division I Coach of the Year for the 2017-18 season.
During the 2016-17 season, Kelly led the team to school record 23 wins in the NCAA Division III era, guiding the team to the USCAA Championship. Along with setting a school record for wins, the team also went a perfect 11-0 in the Keating Sports Center. This was the Scarlet Hawks first winning season in the Scarlet Hawk record book (dating back to 2003-04) and the first time the program went undefeated at home. The ‘16-‘17 season also saw the Scarlet Hawks crown a new all-time leading scorer in Samuel Rarick, whom Kelly help develop into a three-time USCAA All American.
Prior to Illinois Tech, Kelly was the Associate Head Coach and recruiting coordinator at North Central College. During his time at North Central, the program enjoyed its best five-year period in team history, going 91-46. Kelly help lead the team to back-to-back College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin (CCIW) conference championships and back-to-back CCIW Tournament championships. In addition, the team went to back-to-back NCAA Division III Tournament “Sweet 16’s” and advanced to the 2013 Final Four. As recruiting coordinator, Kelly recruited players that earned 14 all-conference selections, four all-region, and one all-American selection.
No stranger to the high school ranks, Kelly also previously served as the Head Boys Basketball Coach at Providence St. Mel in Chicago. During his three-year tenure, the Knights went 42-42, including 22-7 his final season. In addition, during the 2008-09 season, the Knights reached the Regional Championship for the first time since 2001. As a result of leading the team to the Chicago Prep Conference Championship, Kelly was named 2009 Conference Coach of the Year. At St Mel, Kelly developed three players who went on to play NCAA Division I basketball. Prior to Providence St. Mel, Kelly also coached at Bushnell Prairie City High School and Du Sable High School.
In addition to his basketball duties, Kelly also serves as Director of Student-Athlete Career Services. Kelly, his wife Adrianne, and daughter Amelia reside in Bolingbrook.