“Like they say, you understand when it’s time? It’s time (to step down),” Kelley said. “I have some really great memories, I will certainly inform you that. In order to win, you need to have players. To have a few of those players I had throughout those runs does my heart great. Those youngsters were go-getters and hard.”
Erik Patchkofsky, New Haven’s citywide athletic director, has seen Kelly’s entire coaching career, including his time as an assistant in the program.
“Larry obtained the absolute ideal out of his teams. Being a small magnet college and to win the state championship and some SCC championships (in 2012 and 2015), those are amazing accomplishments,” Patchkofsky said. “Larry is an old-school coach that commanded the regard of his players and he is a good individual.”
The Panthers won the SCC in 2012 over Hillhouse and 2015 over Fairfield Preparation. Career also reached the 2010 final.
“Also when we shed, which was hard, I always really felt great about the kids, the initiative they gave and realized exactly how blessed I was to be able to coach them. Not everyone obtains a chance to coach.”
Kelley, 67 was the New Haven Register State Coach of the Year in 2011 and the Area Coach of the Year in 2011 and 2012. He was inducted right into the Connecticut Tap-Off Club Hall of Fame in 2019.
Kelley was a 1,000-point marker at Lee, where he was also a two-time captain. He played for Peter Evans, after that coached alongside him for 10 seasons at Career before prospering him in 2007.
He was able to coach his boy, Larry, Jr., a standout player in his own right. He passed away in a car accident in 2009.
Larry, Jr. was never far from his father’s ideas and he would certainly typically speak about him after losses.
“There were days when I really did not assume I can make it throughout of the day, or I would certainly be driving to the health club and draw over and take a breather,” Larry, Sr., said. “Junior was always on my mind. My son had a lot to do with me still coaching.”
Kelley, operates in institution suspension at the Fair Haven Institution in New Haven.
Kelley also played at Syracuse College and was a part of the Orangemen’s initial Final Four team in 1975, his elderly season. Kelley started 25 games and averaged 10 factors per game under first-year coach Jim Boeheim.
Wilbur Cross ladies task open
There is another basketball coaching vacancy in New Haven: the Wilbur Cross ladies program. Ty Thomas surrendered throughout the off-season.