|Year:||Third Season as SCU Head Coach|
Establishing a culture of teamwork and success at Santa Clara, Krystal Kelly enters her third full season as head women’s golf coach in 2013-14. An assistant coach with the program since July of 2009, Kelly was promoted to head coach just prior to the start of the 2011 spring season. The official announcement was made February 8, 2011 by SCU Director of Athletics and Recreation Dan Coonan.
Kelly 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-West Coast Conference honors at season's end. During the 2011 fall season, the Broncos won a pair of tournament titles and two of her golfers claimed individual awards.
On October 25, 2011 Kelly won her first college tournament as a head coach, claiming SCU's own Colby Invitational at Silver Creek Country Club. Two weeks later the Broncos did it again, winning the 2011 Lamkin Grip Cal Poly Invitational on November 7, 2011. Taylor Camany (Colby Invitational) and Balbina Guajardo (Lamkin Grip) were the individual winners - allowing SCU back-to-back team victories.
With a roster in 2012-13 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 their 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 Championship.
Kelly took over a SCU team that has been a perennial top-tier finisher in the West Coast Conference spanning the last 10 years. As an assistant in 2010, Kelly helped the Broncos place third at the 2010 WCC's, the sixth time in seven seasons SCU has placed third or higher at the conference championship. SCU also established a new single-round scoring record in 2010, posting a 292, the lowest in program history.
A former All-America player at UCLA and NCAA Champion, Kelly is a PGA Class "A" member. She has been the PGA assistant golf professional at San Jose's Silver Creek Country Club since April of 2008. After being named assistant coach at Santa Clara in 2009, Kelly redesigned the team's practice program, focusing on individual instruction.
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.
A 2004 graduate of UCLA with a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology, she is married to Matt Kelly and the couple resides in San Jose.