Episode 99: Kelly Edwards Explains How to Run a Successful Youth Athlete Program

by Michael Keeler

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About Kelly:

Kelly Edwards played for O’Dea High school, and won the state 3A championship three out of his four years there, 04, 05, 07 (they lost in the championship game his junior year- 06).

After O’Dea he played for Che Dawson at Highline Community College. They won the Western Division title his sophomore year, giving them the #1 seed to the NWAC tournament, where they lost in the semi-finals.

Kelly went on to play at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon for his junior and senior years. He was named Second-Team All Conference his junior year, with 16.5 points and 5 rebounds per game, and First Team All Conference his senior year, with 19 points and 7 rebounds per game, ranking his Pioneers as high as #24 in the nation that year.

After college Kelly played professionally for the ABA, and is still active in the Jamal Crawford Summer Pro League. In 2019 summer he averaged 28 ppg, 9.5 rpg & 7.5 apg. Kelly turned down professional opportunities overseas to grow LocalHOOPS into what it is today. He has played with or against the likes of NBA pros such as: Kevin Love- Cleveland Cavaliers, Blake Griffin- Los Angeles Clippers, Jamal Crawford, Nate Robinson- New York Knicks, Isaiah Thomas- Boston Celtics, Martell Webster- Timberwolves, Brandon Roy- Portland Trailblazers, Jason Terry- Houston Rockets, Lamarcus Aldridge- San Antonio Spurs, Terry Rozier- Boston Celtics, Dejounte Murray- San Antonio Spurs, Zach Lavine- Chicago Bulls, James Johnson- Miami Heat, Earl Clark- Los Angeles Lakers, Mario Chalmers- Miami Heat, and many more.

Outside of basketball, Kelly is a father of 3 – when you are in the gym keep an eye out for his wife Cindy, who is head of operations for LocalHOOPS, and his two sons KJ & Kamani, as well as his daughter Kamaya, who are already beginning to work on their handle.

 

In this episode, Michael and Kelly discussed:

  • Leading youth athletic programs
  • Financial literacy
  • Leading your business with high integrity

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