Trow Kelly

ST. PETER, Minn. -- Gustavus Adolphus has named Laurie Trow Kelly as its new head coach. She is replacing Mickey Haller, who resigned in March after serving as the head coach for 12 years. Kelly comes to Gustavus from Northern Arizona.

“I am excited to be returning to Minnesota and competing in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, which I feel is one of the best Division III conferences in the country,” Kelly said. “To be asked to join an exceptional academic and athletic program like Gustavus is truly an honor. I look forward to working with the outstanding staff, faculty, and students at Gustavus.”

Kelly made a quick ascent through the Division II and I coaching ranks after a record setting Division III playing career at St. Thomas (Minn.) in the early 1990s. In the past nine years at Northern Arizona, she has compiled the most wins in the program’s history (120), while also directing the Lumberjacks team to their first Big Sky Conference tournament title and NCAA tournament bid in the 2005-06 season. 

During Kelly’s tenure, Northern Arizona advanced to the Big Sky tournament six times with two appearances in the championship game (2006, 2007), and her teams have registered two of the three 20-win seasons in the program’s history.

In addition to quality on the floor, her squads have also been strong in the classroom, with four players earning CoSIDA Academic All-District honors including one Academic All-American. The Lumberjacks were recognized in the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association top-25 Academic Honor Roll six times, with two top-10 national rankings.

Prior to her position at Northern Arizona, Kelly coached at Binghamton in New York and built the Bearcats into one of the top Division II programs in the country before helping the institution transition to a Division I program in 2001-02. In that first year of Division I competition, Kelly directed the team to a 19-9 record and a second-place finish in the America East Conference.

During her five years at Binghamton, Kelly compiled a record of 94-22, including a mark of 75-13 in the program’s final three years at the Division II level, and her squads won New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) titles in 1999 and 2000 and Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) titles in 2000 and 2001. She was named ECAC Coach of the Year in 2000 and New York state Coach of the Year in 2002. 

Kelly started her collegiate coaching career as the graduate assistant coach at Minnesota State-Mankato from 1996 to 1998. 

She becomes the ninth head coach in the 44-year history of the Gustavus women’s basketball program.