SCOTIA — Kelsey Collins is moving up at Mekeel Christian Academy.
The Lions’ former junior varsity boys’ basketball coach will be directing the school’s varsity girls’ team that reached the state Class C semifinals last winter, Mekeel athletic director Dan Decker announced Sunday.
Collins’ first coaching assignment was with the Mekeel modified boys’ basketball team in the 2009-10 season when he was a student at The College of Saint Rose.
“It’s going to be a little different, but I’ve got three daughters,” said Collins, who, with his wife Porsha, has 4-year-old Kiara, 3-year-old Kyrie and 1-year-old Kiana. “I’m ready for the challenge.”
Away from school, the 27-year-old Mekeel graduate works with at-risk girls and boys on a daily basis as the Schenectady County director for Youth Advocate Programs, Inc.
“You have to make adjustments,” Collins said of working with the girls. “They’re human. They have feelings. They have good days and they have bad days. I work with kids every day. I think I’m well prepared for this.”
Mekeel Head of School and varsity boys’ basketball coach Chad Bowman believes Collins is ready, too.
“I’ve known Kelsey for such a long time, and I’m excited for him,” Bowman said. “He has a great demeanor with kids. He’s very calm. He’s an encourager. He has the qualities we’re looking for.
“He’s going to be a good role model for the students, both girls and boys.”
Collins is taking over for Guy DeAngelis, who led the varsity girls’ basketball team for three seasons. Before the new school year began, DeAngelis took a job…
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