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James Madison reps reach out to Winthrop coach Pat Kelsey

Winthrop head coach Pat Kelsey has reportedly interviewed with James Madison’s athletics director.
Winthrop head coach Pat Kelsey has reportedly interviewed with James Madison’s athletics director. Special to The Herald

Representatives of James Madison University have reached out to Winthrop men’s basketball coach Pat Kelsey, according to Winthrop athletics director Tom Hickman.

The Daily News Record out of Harrisonburg, Va., first reported that Kelsey interviewed with James Madison athletics director Jeff Bourne at an off-campus site on Thursday. In a text message, Kelsey neither confirmed nor denied that any meeting took place.

Hickman didn’t know if any interviews had actually taken place but did confirm that Kelsey was on James Madison’s shortlist of candidates for its vacant basketball job.

Daily News Record reporter Nick Sunderland also mentioned Georgetown assistant coach Kevin Sutton, Mount St. Mary’s head coach Jamion Christian and Virginia assistant coach Rob Sanchez as possible candidates for the vacancy.

Kelsey led Winthrop to the final of the Big South Conference tournament each of the last three seasons. Winthrop is 76-52 in four years with Kelsey at the helm, and the Eagles’ 23 wins this season was fourth most in the school’s Division I history. He previously was an assistant coach at Wake Forest and Xavier.

James Madison fired coach Matt Brady earlier this month after a 21-11 season. Brady was 139-127 since his hiring in 2008, but after making the NCAA tournament in 2013, James Madison lost in the first round of the Colonial Athletic Conference tournament each of the last three seasons. The Dukes beat Winthrop 71-61 in 2013 in Harrisonburg.

The Daily News Record also mentioned that Sutton was interviewed by Bourne. Sutton played at James Madison in the early 1980s, and he’s coached at Georgetown since June of 2013. Sutton has been heavily linked with the job.

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