Traverse City Record-Eagle

Prep Sports

April 5, 2013

TC Central names volleyball head coach

TRAVERSE CITY — Traverse City Central athletic director Cody Inglis is a firm believer in the axiom “once a coach, always a coach.”

Mike Kelly is proof.

Kelly — who coached Suttons Bay to four Northwest Conference championships, four district titles, three regional crowns, and two Final Four appearances in four years — was named volleyball coach at Traverse City Central on Thursday. He succeeds Katherine Brege.

Kelly stepped down as coach at Suttons Bay in 2008 so he could follow his son’s collegiate golfing career at Saginaw Valley.

“I missed it (coaching),” he said. “I’m excited. It’s a great school and a great opportunity for me.”

Kelly, a 1973 Traverse City Central graduate, worked under Inglis at Suttons Bay. When the Trojan volleyball job opened, Inglis called Kelly to see if he would be interested in applying.

“I was hesitant at first,” Kelly said. “But my wife, Paula, said ‘That’s all you’ve been talking about the last two hours since he (Inglis) called. You lit up like a Christmas tree. You need to apply.’”

He did and was one of three “quality” finalists for the job, Inglis said.

“I’ve stayed in touch with Mike over the years,” Inglis said. “I consider him a friend and someone I respect greatly. As I would with any opening, I try to recruit good quality candidates to the job. Mike decided to put his name in the hat and see where it might take him.”

Kelly had several factors in his favor — he was a Trojan alum, had experience running a successful program, and was a “known quantity.”

“I know what I’m getting with Mike,” Inglis said. “I know what to expect from Mike. That’s a huge relief.”

Inglis said Kelly will give the volleyball program a “kick start.”

“Mike is truly a born coach and leader,” he said. “He’s one of the best coaches I’ve ever been around. He gets the best out of people. I’ve seen him do it. It’s remarkable to me, whatever he’s done, he’s truly had a tremendous amount of success. You can’t argue with the record he had at Suttons Bay.”

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