Kelly Komara

Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach
Marquette University


2021 – Present: Assistant Coach, Marquette University

2016 – 2021: Associate Head Coach (18-2021)/Assistant Coach, Vanderbilt University

2014 – 2016: Assistant Coach, Purdue University

2012 – 2014: Assistant Coach, University at Albany

2010 – 2012: Assistant Coach, Valparaiso University

2007 – 2010: Video Coordinator, Auburn University

2006 – 2007: Assistant Coach, Northwestern University

2004 – 2006: Graduate Assistant, Auburn University

2002 – 2004: Professional Player, Indiana Fever (WNBA)/Grand Rapids Blizzard (NWBL)

1998 – 2002: Player/Team Captain (01-02), Purdue University


2006: Auburn University, Masters, Higher Education and Sports Management

2002: Purdue University, Bachelors, Physical Education


Hometown: Schererville, IN

Family: Jenn (Wife) & Hudson, Kennedy (Children)

Career Highlights

Selected to participate in the 2020 WBCA/Women Leaders in College Sports NEXT UP and TopConnect programs

Has helped lead Marquette to an 44-22 (.667) overall and 26-14 (.650) Big East Conference record, two 21+ win seasons, and two postseason berths (one NCAA Tournament)

In 2019-20, helped lead Vanderbilt to as many wins (14) as the previous two seasons combined

Helped Vanderbilt sign three recruiting classes (2019, 2018, 2017) that ranked in the top-20 nationally

In 2015-16, assisted Purdue to 20 overall and 10 Big Ten wins, as well as an NCAA Tournament berth

Helped Purdue sign a 2015 recruiting class that ranked 9th nationally

From 2012 to 2014, helped lead Albany to a 55-9 (.859) overall and 32-1 (.970) America East record, two America East Regular Season Championships, two America East Tournament Championships, and two NCAA Tournament berths

From 2007 to 2011, assisted Auburn to two 20+ win seasons, one SEC Regular Season Championship, and three post-season berths (two NCAA Tournaments)

As a Division I Assistant Coach, has recruited and coached 34 all-conference team selections, as well as two Players of the Year, one Rookie of the Year, and one Defensive Player of the Year

1998 Indiana Miss Basketball, helped lead Purdue to the 1998-99 National Championship

2001-02 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year and a three-time Big Ten All-Conference selection, helped guide Purdue to three Big Ten Regular Season Championships, two Big Ten Tournament Championships, and four NCAA Tournament berths (two National Championship game appearances)