Tom Izzo reportedly turns to Western Michigan assistant, former Spartan for final assistant spot
Tom Izzo has reportedly selected his third and final assistant coach for the 2022-23 season, and he’s sticking inside the Spartan family for the hire.
According to Kyle Austin with MLive.com, Izzo is hiring Western Michigan assistant Thomas Kelley for his final assistant coach spot at Michigan State. Kelley has served as an assistant coach for the Broncos each of the past 4 seasons.
Prior to joining the staff at Western Michigan, Kelley spent two seasons on Izzo’s staff as a graduate assistant. He comes to East Lansing to replace long-time assistant Dwayne Stephens who left the Spartans to take the head coaching job at Western Michigan.
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As a player, Kelley made 115 appearances for the Spartans from 1994-99. He was a part of Izzo’s first Final Four team in 1999 with that team eventually losing to Duke in the national semifinal. That 1998-99 MSU team also captured the regular-season B1G title and the B1G Tournament.
Kelley averaged 5.3 points, 1.5 rebounds and 2 assists as a player. He spent 15 seasons playing professionally overseas before getting his coaching start as a GA with the Spartans.