Morton native Brett Kelley, will begin his twentieth season as Head Baseball Coach at Illinois Central College for the 2020-2021 school year. ICC Baseball looks to continue its impressive play in the rugged Mid-West Athletic Conference. The Cougars will return almost all of its key players from an abbreviated 2020 season and has an impressive incoming class.
Kelley began his collegiate coaching career in the fall of 2000. He served as pitching coach and strength and conditioning coordinator. In August of 2001, Kelley was elevated to Interim Head Coach. After the 2002 season he was named Head Baseball Coach. Kelley was voted Conference Coach of the Year after the 2005 season in which the Cougars won the league with a 22-2 conference mark. He also won the award in 2014, the same year ICC set a school record with 23 conference wins, the most in school history. During his tenure, ICC has boasted three Region XXIV Player of the Years, six All-Americans, 24 All-Region selections, and over 50 players have moved on to the NCAA Division 1 level. Coach Kelley is currently is the all-time winningest baseball coach in school history, with eight seasons over 30 wins.
Kelley earned his bachelor’s and Masters’ degrees from Western Illinois University, where he played both football and baseball. Kelley was a member of the Leatherneck football team from 1994-1997 and competed on two FCS playoff teams. He was also a member of the baseball squad from 1995-1999 where he served as captain in his final two seasons. In addition to his baseball duties, Coach Kelley is currently the Physical Education Program Coordinator at ICC. Kelley lives in Washington and is also a founding member of the prestigious Central Illinois Outlaw Baseball Club.