Kelly Mathis begins her third season at ETSU in the 2020-21 season, as she was named an assistant coach in July of 2018, and has also served as the Bucs recruiting coordinator since the 2019-20 campaign. She previously spent two years at Georgia State, stints prior to that including Georgia, Florida State, and Washington & Lee.
Prior to Georgia State, Mathis spent time at Georgia where she was the coordinator of recruiting operations in 2012 and was promoted to director of recruiting operations and player development in 2015. She coordinated the creation and distribution of graphics and mailings, while serving as the liaison to sports communications and creative services. She assisted with the organization of official and unofficial visits and maintained recruiting software data.
Mathis expanded her role by helping with the breakdown of practice and game film, with the compilation of statistics and charts during practice and games. She was also in charge of many additional marketing and community service efforts under Georgia head coach Joni Taylor. Lastly, Mathis oversaw all social media elements associated with the Lady Bulldogs.
Prior to joining to the Georgia staff, Mathis was the recruiting coordinator at Florida State and was also the camp director for the Seminole Girls’ Basketball camps from 2011-12.
She began her coaching career in 2010-11 with Coach Mandy King at Washington and Lee, working with the post players and teaching defensive fundamentals, while assisting in player development, scouting reports and film breakdown.
Mathis earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in sports management in 2009 from Pfeiffer (N.C). She was a letterwinner and team captain for the Falcon’s women’s basketball team, averaging 5.6 points and 3.2 rebounds per game over the course of her career. She was part of the 26-5 conference championship team as a sophomore and set a school record with a 90-percent field goal game (9-of-10).
A Maryville, Tenn. native, Mathis played her prep basketball, graduating with the Class of 2005, with the rebels of Maryville High School in the metro Knoxville area.