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Kelly Graves

Kelly Graves

Big Bend Community College
Class of 2018

In 1990, Kelly Graves took over a dismal BBCC women’s basketball team and in his first year led the Lady Vikings to their first winning season in school history.

In year two, BBCC Lady Vikings won 23 games (first time in BBCC history that the women’s basketball team won 20 games in a season), and they finished 4th at the NWAC championship tournament.

Graves then went on to the Division 1 level as an assistant coach at the University of Portland, then as head coach at St. Mary’s College - both teams made the NCAA tournament.

Hired in 2000 at Gonzaga University, Kelly took a floundering Gonzaga women’s program and turned it around, winning 10 consecutive WCC titles and advanced to the Sweet 16 three straight seasons (2010-12).

Coach Graves then moved to the University of Oregon where he coached the Ducks to their most successful season in history and to an Elite 8 appearance in 2016-2017.

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