Coach Kelso

Coach Kelso

Basketball Development

NY International Academy

Coach Kelso possess an extensive network throughout Michigan and is a coach who is very active in the basketball community. He has proven expertise in the fundamental’s of basketball and is a disciplined coach who’s all about his team. He’s a coach who is very relatable to all players and we are looking forward to him bring his high energy level and expertise to the New York International Academy Eagles teams.

Coach Kelso has achieved many awards throughout his basketball coaching career, some of which include:

  • MHSAA District Champion 2004-2005
  • Detroit Public Schools Coaches Hall of Fame 1998-99
  • Oakland Athletic Association Coach of the Year, 1999, 2002, 2016
  • Oakland Athletic Dream Team Coach of the Year, 2002
  • Detroit News Coach of the Year, 1987-1989, 1992, 1994, 1995
  • Regional Coach of the Year, 1987, 1989, 1995
  • Public School League Coach of the Year 1989, 1992, 1995
  • Public School Coach of the Year, 1992
  • National High School Basketball Coach of the Year, 1990
  • Featured in Sports Illustrated as one of Top High School Coaches in the United State, 1990
  • Voted Michigan’s “1980’s Coach of the Decade” by The Detroit News and Free Press
  • Regional Coach of the Year, 1988
  • Michigan High School Coach of the Year, 1987, 1989
  • Author of Publication  “How to Maximize Team & Player Performance in Basketball” Southfield Public School, Southfield MI

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Coach Kelso has decades of coaching experience under his belt and the years are littered with outstanding achievements, winning records and notable accomplishments. Here are some of his professional places of work and achievements:

  • 2014 to present Pontiac High School Boys Head Basketball Coach
  • 2015 to 2016 OAA League Champions
  • 2013 Waterford Kettering High School- best record for wins in school history
  • 2009-2012 Mumford High School, Detroit Men’s Varsity Basketball Head Coach – overall record for three years: 46 and 14
  • 2005-2009 Central High School, Detroit  Men’s Varsity Basketball Head Coach – always in top eight teams in city every year
  • 2005-2006 – Kansas State University, Manhattan KS Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach was Athletic Director/Men’s and Women’s Varsity Basketball Head Coach/Athletic Director – lead both men’s and women’s varsity basketball teams to win two league championships each
  • 1884 -1998 Cooley High School, Detroit Athletic Director/Health and Physical Education Teacher/Men’s Varsity Basketball Coach
  • Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI Assistant Men’s Varsity Basketball Coach

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Coach Kelso’s Professional Affiliations & Involvements in basketball include:

  • Michigan Athletic Directors Association
  • National Basketball Coaches Association
  • Ex-NBA Players Association
  • Founder and Former Director, Public School Basketball Coaches Association
  • Former President Detroit Public School Coaches Association
  • Former President and Board Member of Michigan Basketball Coaches Association
  • Former Member of Cooley High School Local School Community Organization
  • American Association of Curriculum Development
  • Michigan PTA
  • Founder and President, Metro Detroit Basketball Coaches Association


Here are just some of the D1 Schools Coach Kelso sent players to during his 38 years of coaching:

Michigan State
Boise State
Kansas State
University of Detroit
University of Arkansas Little Rock
Central Michigan University
Colorado State
Ohio University
University Central Florida
Ball State
… to name a few.


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