Catholic chooses Kelly to lead program

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Aaron Kelly spent 11 seasons on the sidelines under former Williams' coach Dave Paulsen's tutelage.
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Aaron Kelly, who coached at nearby Division I George Mason under former Williams coach Dave Paulsen, will be the next head coach at his alma mater, replacing Steve Howes who resigned.

Associate Vice President and Director of Athletics Sean Sullivan made the announcement via release on Saturday.

"We are thrilled to welcome Aaron back to the Catholic University community," said Sullivan in the release. "He has a deep understanding of our University, its people and what makes our basketball program both unique and special. He is a remarkable relationship builder. Having coached successful teams at a number of strong academic institutions, Aaron is well-versed in getting the very best out of not just student-athletes, but scholar-athletes."

Kelly was the recruiting coordinator under Paulsen at George Mason and worked on his staff for seven years at Division I Bucknell. Kelly was also a member of Paulsen's staff at Williams where he handled recruiting; player development; and strength and conditioning for the Ephs. 

"I am glad that Aaron has been offered this opportunity to coach at our alma mater," said Paulsen in the release. "I was an assistant coach when he played for the Cardinals and he remains one my all-time favorite players. He was tough, smart, hard working and cared about winning and his teammates. I am sure those qualities remain today. I knew he would become a great coach once he chose to make it a career."

Kelly replaces Steve Howes who resigned in March after 15 seasons.

Kelly graduated from Catholic in 2006 with a bachelor of arts in history. The Cardinals made the NCAA Tournament three times during Kelly's playing career.