Kelly Morrone
Kelly Morrone
Position: Assistant Coach
Experience: 2nd year
Education: B.S., South Carolina, '03

Q&A with Kelly Morrone


Kelly Morrone enters her second season with the Rhode Island women's basketball program in 2011-12. She came to URI after spending two seasons as the top assistant at Davidson, where served as the Wildcats' recruiting coordinator.

Prior to her time at Davidson, Morrone spent three seasons as an assistant at Buffalo, where she helped coach a UB defense that finished second in the Mid-American Conference in field goal percentage defense and third in scoring defense (2007-08). As a team, the Bulls finished with 15 wins in 2007-08, the most since the 2002-03 campaign.

Morrone primarily handled working with the Bulls' guards during her three years, while being responsible for film exchange/breakdown and assisting in scouting a number of Buffalo's opponents.

Morrone began her coaching career during the 2004-05 season as the assistant girl's varsity basketball coach at Heathwood Hall Episcopal School in Columbia, S.C.

A three-year team captain at South Carolina, Morrone had a solid playing career as she appeared in 114 games (70 starts) and averaged 8.5 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game.

As a senior, she tied for the team lead in scoring with 11.7 ppg and was one the Gamecocks' top three-point shooters, making 40.7 percent (81-199) of her attempts that year.

For her career, Morrone made 238 three-pointers and drained 36.9 percent of her shots from behind the arc, placing her third all-time in both categories at South Carolina. She also set the record for the most threes in a single game (seven) on the Gamecocks' home court, The Colonial Center.

A native of Syracuse, N.Y., Morrone graduated from South Carolina in 2003 with a Bachelor of Science degree in sports and entertainment management and earned a minor in business. She was a four-year Southeastern Conference Academic Honor Roll team member.

Updated Sept. 22, 2011