Liz Kelly begins her first year with the Wolf Pack softball staff, as an assistant to the head coach, after spending the previous two years as the head coach of the Netherlands National Softball Team. While head coach of the Netherlands National Team, Kelly led her squad to a third place finish at the European Championship and the team qualified for the 2006 World Championship in China.
Kelly brings a wealth of collegiate coaching experience to Nevada as she has 12 years of collegiate coaching experience at the NCAA Division I level. From 1994-2001, she was the head softball coach at UC Santa Barbara where she coached 12 All-Big West athletes, eight academic All-Big West honorees and one All-Region West athlete. She also led her team to a top-25 ranking in 1999 and 2000. Kelly was an assistant at nationally-ranked Arizona State from 1993-94 and served as an assistant coach at the University of Toledo from 1992-1993.
Prior to Kelly’s time at Toledo, she was the head coach at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio from 1988-1992. During her four years at Miami University, Kelly won the most games in school history and coached 10 All-MAC athletes, eight academic all-MAC honorees, two academic All-Americans, two all-region players and two Freshman of the Year award winners.
Kelly was the head coach of both the softball and volleyball teams at Livingston University in Livingston, Ala., where she was a two-time Gulf South Conference Coach of the Year in 1987 and 1988. Her squad won the Gulf Coast South Conference championship in 1988 and was ranked in the top 20 the same season.
She began her collegiate coaching career as an assistant coach at Chico State from 1983-1986. She has also spent time as softball’s technical operations manager for the Athens Olympic Organizing Committee from 2002-04 and served as the Director of Event Operations of the National Fastpitch Coaches Association. Kelly has also served as a technical advisor for America’s Baseball Camps Online and was the Co-Director of Intramurals and Summer Youth/Adult Community Programs.
“Liz has been a head coach for a number of years and has been in a lot of different places. But, I think she is going to come in and fit very well into what we have going on,” head coach Michelle Gardner said. “She is a hitting person and an infield person which is kind of what we are missing, so she is going to come in and help us in that way.”
In addition to collegiate coaching experience, Kelly has a wealth of international experience as she has conducted several coaches’ clinics for the International Softball Federation in Belize, Central America and Prague, Czech Republic. She has also conducted coaches’ clinics in Germany, Holland, Thailand and the Dominican Republic.
Kelly earned a bachelors degree in physical education/recreation from Utah State and received her master’s degree in public/athletic administration from Chico State.
As a collegiate athlete, Kelly won a softball National Championship in 1981 with Utah State and was an athletic scholarship recipient from 1978-1982. She also played one season of collegiate volleyball for the Aggies in 1983.