Tommy DeSalme begins his fifth season as head men's basketball
coach at Cowley College.
DeSalme has guided the Tigers to successful seasons in each of his first
four years at the school. Despite inheriting a roster that featured only
two returning sophomores, DeSalme guided the Tigers to their third straight
conference title and a record of 21-11 overall during his first season
as head coach.
He followed up that success by leading Cowley to a record of 25-8 during
the 2010-2011 season as the Tigers finished just one game away from winning
their fourth straight conference title.
In year three at the school, DeSalme may have done his best coaching
job yet as he guided the Tigers to the Region VI title game before having
their season come to an end with a record of 24-10.
Year four had Cowley again as one of the premier teams in the Jayhawk
Conference as the Tigers placed second in the Jayhawk East with a record
of 15-3. He has compiled a record of 91-40 as coach of the Tigers.
Prior to taking over at Cowley, DeSalme spent the previous two seasons
at Independence Community College, where he led the Pirates to a record
of 45-19 overall and 29-7 in the Jayhawk Conference Eastern Division.
During DeSalme's first season coaching the Pirates, he led them to a
26-6 overall record, a No. 16 national ranking, a second place conference
finish, and a 21-game winning streak. The 21-game winning streak is the
longest in Independence history.
Prior to coaching at Independence, DeSalme had successful coaching stints
at Kansas Wesleyan University, Sterling College, and Southeastern Oklahoma
State University. DeSalme's current overall coaching record stands at
DeSalme completed just one season at Kansas Wesleyan University but promptly
led the Coyotes to a 28-4 record, a KCAC conference and postseason title,
a No. 6 national ranking, a 19-game winning streak, and a trip to the
second round of the NAIA National Tournament. The 28 victories also broke
a school record for most victories in a season. The Coyotes also enjoyed
a 17-1 league mark, an all-time best in a 10-team KCAC conference race.
Under DeSalme the Coyotes led the nation in defensive points per game
average and were third in the nation in steals. DeSalme was also named
KCAC Coach of the Year.
Prior to Kansas Wesleyan, DeSalme spent five seasons at Sterling College,
where he turned around a program that consistently finished near the
bottom of the KCAC standings to a contender for the KCAC title in each
of his five seasons. DeSalme left Sterling with an 84-67 overall record,
and a 60-30 record in KCAC regular season play. Sterling finished second
place in the KCAC for four consecutive seasons, and earned a berth to
the NAIA Division II National Tournament two times over a three-year
span (2004 and 2006).
In 2004, DeSalme also led the Warriors to a KCAC Conference Tournament
Championship that allowed Sterling to advance to the schools first ever-national
tournament appearance. Under DeSalme's leadership, Sterling twice tied
the school record for most victories in a season with 18 in 2002 and
DeSalme was also the director of the Warrior Athletic Association at
Sterling. Under DeSalme’s direction, the WAA started an athletic
booster club with over 120 members in four different levels on membership.
He was also responsible for raising over $5,000 to start Sterling College
On-line Radio for broadcasts of games as well as coaches shows and other
Prior to Sterling, DeSalme was an assistant coach at Southeastern Oklahoma
State University. At SOSU, DeSalme was responsible for recruiting as
well as eligibility and academic progress. While at SOSU, the Savage
Storm captured two Oklahoma Intercollegiate Conference titles in 1996
and 1997. The team also made two trips to the NAIA Division I National
Championships, finishing with a No. 5 ranking in the NAIA Division I
final poll in 1997 with an overall record of 27-4.
DeSalme earned his Master of Education from Southeastern Oklahoma State
in 1999, after earning his Bachelor degree in Education from SOSU in
DeSalme played collegiate ball at SOSU, where he was a four-year letter
winner and a two-year starter.
A native of Bartlesville, Oklahoma, DeSalme garnered all-state, all-region
and all-district honors as a senior at Bartlesville High. As a
three-year letter winner, he helped guide Bartlesville to a pair of state
titles in 1989 and 1991.
Coach DeSalme can be reached at 620-441-5221 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dane Kelly begins his fourth season as an assistant
coach at Cowley College.
With Kelly on board, the Tiger basketball team has won 70 games over
the past three seasons.
Prior to joining the basketball team as an assistant coach, Kelly did
volunteer work with the team during the 2009-2010 season. He also played
basketball at Cowley from 2004-2006, and was an intern in the school’s
athletic department in 2008.
After graduating from Cowley, Kelly went on to play two years of basketball
at Emporia State University and earned a business administration degree
in 2008. He obtained a Masters degree in sports administration from the
University of Central Missouri in the spring of 2010.
Kelly can be reached at 620-441-5566 or at email@example.com.