PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Providence College Athletic Director Bob Driscoll announced today (June 18) that Matthew Kelly has been named the sixth head coach of the women’s ice hockey program.
"We are excited to welcome Matt Kelly as head coach of our women’s ice hockey program," Driscoll said. “He has extensive experience as a coach and he has a proven track record on the recruiting trail. As a scout for USA Hockey, he has continued to refine his skills as one of the top evaluators of talent in the women’s game. We look forward to the future of our women’s hockey program under Matt’s direction, and competing for Hockey East championships and returning our storied program to the national stage.”
Kelly joins the Friars after most recently serving as a Head Scout for USA Hockey and the Women’s National Team. His primary responsibility was to oversee and maintain the player pools for the U-18, U-22 and Women’s National Teams. He recently captured a gold medal with the Women’s National Team at the 2018 Olympics in PyeongChang.
With USA Hockey, Kelly also was directly responsible for player selection to various USA Hockey camps and teams. Additionally, he helped foster player development and the implementation of long-term strategy.
Prior to USA Hockey, Kelly served as an assistant women’s ice hockey coach at Clarkson University in Potsdam, N.Y. During his tenure there, Kelly helped guide the Golden Knights to a National Championship in 2014. Clarkson qualified for the ECAC playoffs each of the six years that Kelly was on the bench and claimed three league titles during that span. The Golden Knights reached the NCAA Tournament three times (2010, 2013 and 2014).
Kelly recruited and coached several high-profile players at Clarkson, including one Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award Winner, 10 Patty Kazmaier nominees and two ECAC players of the year.
In addition to his coaching experience at Clarkson, Kelly also spent time coaching at Quinnipiac University (2007-08) and his alma mater, Wayne State University (2006-07).
A 2007 graduate of Wayne State, Kelly holds a bachelor’s degree in media arts and studies. As a goaltender for the Warriors, Kelly earned All-College Hockey America Second Team honors in his senior season. He served as a captain and was named the CHA/Easton Three Star Award recipient in that season as well. Other accolades from his playing career include the CHA All-Academic Team and the 2004 CHA All-Tournament Team.
“I want to thank Father Shanley, Athletic Director Bob Driscoll and Associate Athletic Director Kyle Murphy for this tremendous opportunity,” Kelly said. “The vision, support and rich women’s hockey history at Providence College are second to none and my family and I are excited to be a part of the Friar family.”
Originally from Walpole, Massachusetts, he currently resides in Hope, R.I. with his wife, Brooke, and his children, Colton and Makenzie.
2008-2014: Assistant Coach, Clarkson (six seasons)
2007-2008: Assistant Coach, Quinnipiac (one season)
2006-2007: Volunteer Assistant Coach, Wayne State (one season)
For more information on Providence College women’s hockey, follow the team on Twitter @PCWHockey.
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