, Newburyport, MA


February 19, 2014


McNamara doing what a McNamara does

With older siblings Erin and Corey at college, Pentucket star Kelsi McNamara is an only child at home now with just her parents, John and Tricia, who eat, sleep and live basketball. Their television is tuned to a basketball game most nights.

“I will be relaxing and watching TV and my parents are trying to teach me as I’m sitting on the couch, ‘Oh, you should get that move down,’” Kelsi said, laughing.

Sure, all the basketball conversations can feel a bit much at times, but Kelsi wouldn’t have it any other way.

The star Sachem has so much respect for what her father has done since becoming Pentucket’s head coach (John has a 174-25 record in eight years) and she wants to follow in her parents’ footsteps by coaching the sport someday. Tricia helped John coach all three children in youth basketball.

“What I’m thinking of doing is being an (elementary school) teacher and I know a lot of teachers have been coaches and I think that will work out really well,” Kelsi said. “I could continue helping other people. Obviously, I’ve learned so much from my dad on how to be a good coach. I think that allows for a good background.”

On a team without any seniors and a large group of underclassmen, Kelsi, a junior, already has taken on a coaching role.

“When we’re at practice, I feel completely comfortable being like, ‘Oh, I think we should do this instead of that,’” Kelsi said. “I give a lot of input into what I think. I don’t know if I would feel as comfortable doing that if it wasn’t my dad as the coach.”

Kelsi averages over 15 points per game.

She earned All-CAL honors last winter when she averaged 10.5 points, 3.0 assists and 3.5 steals with 33 3-pointers.

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