Bucknell taking on nation's No. 1 team for second time in program history
Aaron Kelly recently completed his his fifth year on Dave Paulsen's staff and his fourth as an assistant coach after serving as the program's manager of basketball operations in 2008-09. Prior to coming to Bucknell, Kelly was assistant coach under Paulsen at Williams in 2007-08.
At Bucknell, Kelly is involved in all aspects of the Bison program, from recruiting to scouting to on-floor coaching to summer camps and other offseason programs.
Kelly has been an integral part of a coaching staff that has led the Bison to an unprecedented three straight outright Patriot League regular-season titles. Bucknell won the Patriot League Tournament in 2011 and 2013 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament both years, and the Bison made their first-ever NIT appearance in 2012, beating top-seeded Arizona in the first round. Over the past three seasons, Bucknell is 78-25 overall and 45-6 against Patriot League opponents.
Kelly served as Williams' head junior varsity basketball coach in addition to his varsity duties in recruiting, scouting, player development, strength and conditioning and summer camp organization.
In 2006-07, Kelly was an assistant coach at Clarkson University, where he was part of a Golden Knights team that finished with a winning record (14-12).
Kelly is a 2006 graduate of Catholic University in Washington, D.C. He was a member of Cardinals teams that were consistently ranked in the top 25 nationally and produced a four-year record of 89-28. Kelly was elected team captain as a senior, and his team appeared in the NCAA Tournament in 2003, 2004 and 2006. A Capital Athletic Conference All-Academic Team honoree, Kelly graduated with a degree in history.