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Establishing a culture of teamwork and success at Santa Clara, Krystal Kelly enters her fifth full season as head women’s golf coach in 2015-16 following one of the finest seasons in the program’s history.
Under Kelly’s direction the 2015-16 team finished third at the WCC Championships. The 2013-14 squad captured a program record three team titles and seven top 5 finishes in 11 tournaments, had four individual medal winners, and the top two rounds in the team’s history. The foundation for success has been put in place.
On September 16, 2013 at the Boise State Invitational the Broncos scored the lowest round in their history with a first round 291. 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. The Broncos won their own Colby Invitational battling from six shots back on the second day to capture the 36-hole event by one shot on October 22. The team claimed its third title of the season tying for the top spot at the Grand Canyon Invitational on February 25, 2014.
Kelly has been at the helm for seven team titles during her tenure, the program’s record, and coached the school’s first ‘Freshman of the Year’ when Annie Freman was voted the West Coast Conference’s top first year player in 2013-14. Freman set a team record with her 74.19 stroke average and tied the mark with three tournament titles playing in all 11 events.
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-WCC 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. Two weeks later the Broncos did it again, winning the Lamkin Grip Cal Poly Invitational on November 7, 2011. Taylor Camany (Colby Invitational) and Balbina Guajardo (Lamkin Grip) were the individual winners.
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 was named head coach prior to the start of the 2011 spring season following the resignation of Polly Schulze. SCU Director of Athletics and Recreation Dan Coonan made the official announcement on February 8, 2011. While an assistant coach at Santa Clara in 2009, she 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 former All-America player and NCAA Champion at UCLA, 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. A 2004 graduate of UCLA with a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology, she is married to Matt Kelly. The couple has a son and resides in San Jose.