Kelly Killion enters her third season as an assistant coach with the William and Mary women's basketball team. She comes to the College after previous coaching stops at Sacred Heart and Pennsylvania.
Killion helped the Tribe to a record setting season in her second season in Williamsburg. The Tribe racked up 15 wins, the fourth-most in school history, on its way to its first-ever postseason appearances with bid in the Women’s Basketball Invitational. The Green and Gold had a seven-win turnaround, while setting three school records for assists (466), blocked shots, (143), blocked shots per game (4.5). Individually she helped lead four players to five All-CAA awards. Sophomore Marlena Tremba was named to the All-CAA Third-Team, senior Jazmen Boone was named to the All-Defensive Team, freshman Abby Rendle to the All-Rookie and All-Defensive team, and senior Kyla Kerstetter earned all-academic honors.
In her first season with the Tribe, Killion helped guide freshman guard Marlena Tremba to CAA Rookie of the Year honors, and a spot on the all-rookie team. She also helped the Tribe defense to a top 10 finish in the NCAA in steals per game, while guard/forward Jazmen Boone finished the season ranked in the top 20 in the country in the same a category. Boone was named to the all-defensive team, following the regular season. In charge of the team’s academic progress, also saw Boone and Kyla Kerstetter earn all-academic honors from the CAA. A key member of the recruiting team, she helped the Tribe ink four players for the 2014-15 season.
Killion spent last season as an assistant coach at Sacred Heart University under current Tribe head coach Ed Swanson. While in Fairfield, Conn., Killion’s main duties included; guard development, assistance in recruiting efforts, scouting and the coordination of community service projects. Killion coached three All-NEC guards, Gabby Washington, Kiley Evans and Ericka Norman, while at Sacred Heart. Prior to Sacred Heart, Killion spent two seasons at the University of Pennsylvania as an assistant under head coach Mike McLaughlin.
During her first season with the Quakers, she helped Penn to its largest single-season turnaround in program history, which included the program’s first Big 5 win in six years. The following season, Penn finished the year with its highest win total in seven seasons. Killion worked primarily with the guards during her tenure at Penn. In 2010-11, she aided first-year guard Alyssa Baron to become the first freshman in Ivy League history to lead the conference in scoring, as Baron became the second player in program history to garner Ivy League and Big 5 Rookie of the Year honors.
Before her coaching stint at Penn, Killion was an assistant coach for the Camden Catholic High School women’s basketball team from 2008-10. During her tenure, she also served as the head coach of the Tri-State Tar Heels AAU team in 2009.
Killion was a four-year letterwinner and a three-time team captain at Holy Family University in Philadelphia, Pa. She earned Division II All-America honors as a senior and was a two-time Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Player of the Year. Killion was a centerpiece in Holy Family’s three conference championships and four NCAA Tournament berths, which included a trip the Sweet 16 in 2008. She compiled a record of 115-13 during her collegiate career as she still holds the Holy Family career record for 3-pointers made with 313. Killion’s 619 career assists rank second in the Holy Family record books. Killion was a two-time ECAC first-team selection (2007 and 2008) and a two-time second-team selection (2005 and 2006). She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education from Holy Family in 2008.