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Establishing a culture of teamwork and success, Krystal Kelly is in her sixth season as Santa Clara head women's golf coach.
The 2015-16 squad matched a school record with three tournament victories and junior Annie Freman set a Santa Clara mark by recording her fifth career title.
One year earlier, the Bronco finished third at the WCC Championships and in 2013-14 Santa Clara set a program record three team titles and seven top five finishes in 11 tournaments. The Broncos had four individual medal winners, and the top two rounds in the team’s history.
On Sept. 16, 2013 at the Boise State Invitational the Broncos scored the lowest 18-hole total 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 Oct. 22. The team claimed its third title of the season tying for the top spot at the Grand Canyon Invitational on Feb. 25, 2014.
Kelly has been at the helm for 10 tournament titles, the most in program history, 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 record with her 74.19 stroke average and tied the season 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 fall of 2011, the Broncos won a pair of tournament titles and two of her golfers claimed individual awards.
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 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 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 Championship.
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.
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. In 2004, she earned a bachelor of arts degree in sociology from UCLA. Kelly and her husband, Matt, have one son.