Kelly Finley is in her fourth season as an assistant coach at Harvard. Finley is in charge of coordinating all aspects of recruiting for the Crimson as well as player development and scouting opponents’ offenses.
Harvard posted a 57-29 record in Finely's first three years on the job, including a 32-10 record in the Ivy League. 12 Crimson earned All-Ivy honors in that time, including Emma Markley '11 who was a three-time honoree and ranks ninth on the school's all-time scoring list with 1,285 career points.
Harvard's 2011 recruiting class was ranked as the 31st-best class in the country by ESPN and included the program's first-ever McDonald's All-American in Temi Fagbenle, who was rated the 13th-best prospect as a senior. Harvard's 2012 recruiting class includes guard Shilpa Tummala, who is ranked 68th overall.
A Mountain West Scholar-Athlete Award winner, Finley won two varsity letters at Colorado State and one at Northwestern. She started eight of 13 games as a freshman for the Wildcats before an injury sidelined the rookie for the rest of the season. She appeared in 20 games in her first season with the Rams, making three starts. In her final season with the Rams, Finley played in 24 contests while battling chronic stress fractures. She was part of the CSU team that upset Utah, then ranked No. 8 in the national polls, in the Mountain West Tournament in 2008.
She was involved with Boys and Girls Club of Fort Collins and Chicago as well as a representative on the Student Athletic Advisory Committee and a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA).
Finley was a highly recruited shooting guard out of high school, having played on the varsity team since seventh grade. Finley finished her high school career with over 1,700 career points as well as ranked second in assists for the state of Minnesota. Her high school won the 2A state title in 2004 after having placed second in 2003 and third in 2002. Finley’s AAU team, the Minnesota Metro Stars, competed nationally, winning the overall championship at the Nike Showcase in Chicago in 2003.
Other coaching positions include basketball camp director for Minnesota Hardball, camp counselor for Todd Park Basketball and an assistant coach for Minnesota Metro Stars.
Finley graduated cum laude from CSU with a degree in human development and family studies.