Kelly Muffley was named the Assistant Women's Basketball Coach at Case Western Reserve University in July of 2018.
Muffley's arrival has an immediate impact on the team, as the Spartans' saw an 11-game improvement in their win total during her first year with the team, the seventh-highest win difference from the previous season among Division III team's in 2018-19. She helped the Spartans finish the year 15-10, including a 7-7 UAA mark, and aided in the coaching of a pair of players - Kara Hageman and Hillary Hellmann - to All-UAA First Team honors. The team's record during Muffley's two years on the staff stands at 25-25, after helping the Spartans to 10 wins in 2019-20, including a victory against nationally 14th-ranked Chicago.
Muffley came to Case Western Reserve after spending the previous year as the assistant coach for both women’s basketball and tennis at her alma mater, Thiel College. While at Thiel, she helped coach and mentor the PAC’s leading scorer and rebounder, Jess Vormelker, who was an all-region third team selection and a Jostens Trophy finalist.
Muffley had previously served a graduate assistant coach at Canisius College, a Division I program. Prior to that, she was a graduate assistant with the women’s basketball program at St. Lawrence University from 2015-17.
As a player, Muffley was a four-year starter for Thiel, earning All-PAC recognition twice, including a first-team honor as a senior in 2012-13. During the campaign, she finished second among all Division III players with a 92.3% mark from the free throw line, while ranking second in the conference with 2.8 three pointers made per game. She ended her career fifth in the program’s history with 1,238 points.
Muffley received her bachelor’s degree in business administration from Thiel in 2013, before going on to earn her master’s in education from St. Lawrence University in 2017.