Establishing a culture of teamwork and success after a successful playing career, Krystal Kelly is in her seventh season as Santa Clara head women's golf coach.
In that short time, the program has amassed 12 of the 20 tourament team titles in school history and produced many of the top all-time players, including Annie Freman and Kristin Le, a current member of the squad.
During both the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons, the Broncos matched a school record with three tournament victories. As a senior in 2016-17, Freman extended her school record to six career tournament crowns and ended her time with the best scoring average (75.05) in Santa Clara history. In addition, Le established herself on the national scene by becoming the second Bronco (Miki Ueoka, 2009) to reach the NCAA Championships.
In the 2013-14 campaign, the Broncos finished third at the WCC Championships and set a program record with three team titles. They posted seven top five finishes in 11 tournaments.
Under Kelly's watch, the Broncos have the top nine 18-hole team scores and the seven best 54-hole totals in school history, and her players have captured 12 of the 23 all-time individual tournament titles. She's had three players earn All-WCC honors and coached the school’s first ‘Freshman of the Year’ when Freman was voted the 2013-14 WCC’s top first-year player. Freman set a team singlerecord with her 74.19 stroke average and tied the season mark with three tournament titles playing in all 11 events.
Kelly, a former All-America player and NCAA Champion at UCLA, made an immediate impact as head coach in the spring of 2011 as the Broncos cracked the nation's top 100 as a team and three players received All-WCC honors at season's end. During the fall of 2011, the Broncos won a pair of tournament titles and two of her golfers claimed individual awards.
Kelly was named head coach on Feb. 8, 2011, following the resignation of Polly Schulze. In 2009, as a Santa Clara assistant coach, she redesigned the team's practice program, focusing on individual instruction.
On Oct. 25, 2011, Kelly won her first college tournament as a head coach, claiming the SCU Colby Invitational. Two weeks later, the Broncos did it again, winning the Lamkin Grip Cal Poly Invitational. Taylor Camany (Colby Invitational) and Balbina Guajardo (Lamkin Grip) were the individual winners.
With a 2012-13 roster that included four freshmen and just one senior, Kelly did perhaps her finest job of coaching and personal instruction. The team captured seven top 10 finishes in its 10 events with the first-year team members playing an integral part in the development and success of the squad. All five players, including three freshmen, placed in the top 20 and the team finished fourth at the WCC Championships.
The following season, the Broncos scored what to that point was the lowest 18-hole total in their history with a first-round 291 (Sept. 16) at the Boise State Invitational. Later that day, they shattered that mark with a second round 287 and captured their first team title of the season the next day with a final round 297. Three years later at the 2016 Wyoming Cowgirl Classic, matched the school record with an opening round 287 (April 4).
The Broncos won the 2013 SCU Colby Invitational battling from six shots back on the second day to capture the 36-hole event by one shot on Oct. 22. The team claimed its third title of that season by tying for the top spot at the Grand Canyon Invitational on Feb. 25, 2014.
Prior to coming to Santa Clara, Kelly was playing professionally from 2006 through 2008. She was named the California Player's Tour 'Player of the Year' in 2007, leading the tour's money list.
Kelly is a PGA Class "A" member and has been the PGA assistant golf pro at San Jose's Silver Creek Country Club since April of 2008. In 2004, she earned a bachelor of arts degree in sociology from UCLA. Kelly and her husband, Matt, have one son.