“We are excited that Kelly Packard wanted to be the head coach at
Packard, a 1990 graduate of Anderson (
Packard was previously the executive director of the WNBA Expansion Team for
During her tenure, the Chill posted a 34-12 overall record while claiming the 2005 and 2006 league championships. She was the team’s general manager in the 2006 season and compiled a roster that included five WNBA players, including All-Stars Becky Hammon and Ruth Riley.
Packard’s collegiate experience covers five seasons over two stints at
She was part of the staff that guided CSU to a 33-3 record in the 1998-99 season as the Rams claimed a No. 5 national ranking, a WAC Mountain Division title and an appearance in the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16. In 1997-98, she helped the Rams to a 24-6 overall record and an NCAA Second Round appearance in
She also was part of the Women’s National Invitation Tournament (WNIT) selection committee and a site coordinator. She was the head coach of the 2006 Athletes in Action Brazil Women’s Basketball Tour where she guided her team to a 7-1 record.
Packard was a four-year letterwinner at
Packard and her husband Rich have two children, Derek (13) and Evan (9).
“I couldn’t be more pleased to welcome Kelly, her husband Rich, and their two sons to the
Packard’s Coaching Record
Head Coach (34-12)
Assistant Coach (99-49)
1998-99 Colorado State 33-3 NCAA Sweet Sixteen/No. 5 ranking
PRESS CONFERENCE QUOTES
Director of Athletics Tom Collins on the hiring of Kelly Packard
"Kelly has a diverse background in women’s basketball, including being an assistant coach at Colorado State University when the program was in the top five in the country, the head coach of the Colorado Chill with a 34-12 record in professional basketball, including a 4-0 record in postseason and a 14-0 home record. She’s got international experience and experience with the WNIT as an administrator. In short, she has a background as a winner at every level."
Kelly Packard on her decision to accept the position
"I was looking for two things. I was looking for healthy leadership for myself. I want to continue to grow as a coach and as a leader, and I needed to feel like I had healthy leadership. The second piece was I had to have a community that I thought I could bring two young men in, continue to raise them, and the community would jump in and give them tremendous opportunity. So Muncie, Indiana, was the second piece of that."
"This is a great place. In the interview process I felt very comfortable. I’ve studied everything I could about the young ladies in this program. It’s a great day. When you can align healthy leadership and a great community, I’ve been given another great opportunity."
"I’m excited about continuing to build on the fan base that I know is here. Having been part of the WNIT, I know all about the postseason Kentucky game here and the turnout that the community provided, so I believe we’ve got something to bounce on top of and move forward."
Kelly Packard on how she became familiar with the Ball State program
"(Bowling Green head coach) Curt Miller and I were on staff together at Colorado State, and we talked a lot at the Final Four about my desire to re-enter college coaching. And Curt made it very clear to me that this was a great opportunity. We talked about the details of players here and atmosphere, and it really felt like this looked like a tremendous place to jump in and build upon the things that are already here."
Kelly Packard on her coaching philosophies
"I told the ladies, ‘You are the program.’ They are the feature story. And if I become anything other than the sidebar, then I’m not who I want to be. This is their program, and after meeting them, they have the ability, but I also believe they’ve got the character that it takes."
"We run what’s called an early break, and we run a secondary break, and it’s a good day if we don’t have to get set in offensive sets more than eight to 10 times in the first half. That’s fast play. We have to have big people who are in shape and can get up and down the floor in order to run that. You’ve got to be in a track meet to play my style."
"I love the offensive game. I love to be as complex as I can be. That’s from the professional side. Those ladies love complexity, and my mind loves complexity."
Kelly Packard on her return to college coaching
"I never set out to be a professional coach. My mind is more of a college coach. I say that because I am so into the details. I’m still into the details of the fundamentals. When teaching in college, we teach at a more fundamental level. So, my mind, because of the way it thinks, is more of a college coach."
"At the end of the day, I have this passion to lead women, and it happens to be women in sports. Once you’re in coaching, it really becomes a passion. And it’s not just the basketball. For me, the basketball is secondary. For me, it’s leading young women."