Boys & Girls Club of Lincoln hires former coach, teacher as new CEO

Friday, October 6, 2023 - 3:00pm

from the Lincoln Journal Star

Boys & Girls Clubs of Lincoln/Lancaster County, a nonprofit dedicated to empowering youth, has hired Dominique Kelley as its new CEO.

Kelley will begin this month, according to a news release from the organization.

Kelley has been a teacher and coach for more than 10 years. At Lincoln High, she helped build and teach at a program called The Foundry, a school within a school where juniors and seniors take a nontraditional approach to earning their diplomas.

In five seasons as Lincoln High’s girls basketball head coach, Kelley led the team to a winning record of 88-33 and a runner-up finish in Class A at the 2023 state tournament.

Kelley said she's elated to be joining the Boys & Girls Club of Lincoln family.

“The mission of BGCL aligns well with the work I did during my time at Lincoln High School, as well as my values and belief system. My experiences with students and their families to cultivate success and change life trajectories will complement me well in this work," she said in the news release.

“Dominique’s proven record both in the classroom with her young scholars and on the court with her athletes make her uniquely qualified to help us grow our mission in Lincoln," said Katie Thompson, president of the group's board of directors.

Kelley was featured in the CoJMC's 2021 depth reporting class project "Being Black in Lincoln." Read her story, written by CoJMC alumna Victoria Baker ('23) in the Lincoln Journal Star and the Nebraska Quarterly.

Dominique Kelley
Dominique Kelley