Former UMass basketball coach Derek Kellogg returns to program as assistant

  • Former UMass head coach Derek Kellogg returned to Amherst on Wednesday when Frank Martin hired him as an assistant on the Minutemen’s staff. FILE PHOTO

  • Former UMass head coach Derek Kellogg returned to Amherst on Wednesday when Frank Martin hired him as an assistant on the Minutemen’s staff. FILE PHOTO

  • Former UMass head coach Derek Kellogg returned to Amherst on Wednesday when Frank Martin hired him as an assistant on the Minutemen’s staff. FILE PHOTO

Staff Writer
Published: 8/17/2022 1:59:06 PM
Modified: 8/17/2022 6:34:51 PM

The last coach to lead the UMass men’s basketball program to the NCAA Tournament has returned to the Mullins Center.

Derek Kellogg has agreed to join the Minutemen once again, this time as an assistant under Frank Martin, the school announced Wednesday. He led his alma mater as the head coach from 2008-17, reaching the NCAA Tournament in 2014 and making two NIT appearances.

The Springfield native played on four Atlantic 10 regular season and tournament championship teams. He was a captain his junior and senior years and went 111-24 as a player under John Calipari. The Minutemen reached the NCAA Tournament every year and made the Elite Eight in 1995.

“After four months here, the last thing that I ever thought would be a reality in our vision to connect the past with the present and reconnect UMass basketball with success would be available at this moment, allowing us to hire Derek Kellogg as a member of our staff,” Martin said in a release. “Derek is a very accomplished coach in this industry that we are fortunate to have back providing us the ability to continue to connect the UMass basketball family and continue to grow it and make it special like he lived it as a player and a coach.” 

After he was fired in 2017 following an A-10 Tournament loss against Saint Bonaventure, Kellogg took over at LIU Brooklyn. He led the Blackbirds to the NCAA Tournament in his first season after winning the Northeastern Conference Tournament.

LIU, which unified its athletic departments under one banner 2019, fired Kellogg on June 30 and hired G League Ignite program director Rod Strickland. The Sharks went 16-14 last year and were third in the NEC. Kellogg went 74-74 and never finished worse than fifth in the NEC.

UMass had an opening so late in the cy cle because former assistant Will Bailey defected to his alma mater Saint Louis on July 21. Bailey initially followed Martin from South Carolina but played for former UMass coach Travis Ford for the Billikens and previously coached there before linking with Martin and the Gamecocks.

“Adding a coach that knows and loves UMass is a huge victory for our men’s basketball program,” UMass director of athletics Ryan Bamford said in a release. “Derek Kellogg cares deeply about the University of Massachusetts and is truly invested in rebuilding our proud program. This is a tremendous hire by Coach Martin.”

Kellogg began coaching as an assistant at George Mason in 1997. He went to Youngstown State in 1999 and joined his former UMass coach John Calipari at Memphis from 2000-2008.

“Derek was a leader and a competitor as a player and a coach. His heart is always in the right place, and he loves UMass,” Calipari said in a statement. “My friend Frank Martin hired a coach that’s going to add energy and great knowledge to his staff. I’m truly happy for both.”


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