|Experience:||Third Season as SCU Head Coach|
Krystal Kelly, assistant women's golf coach at Santa Clara
University since July of 2009, was promoted to head coach just
prior to the 2011 spring season. The official announcement was made
Feb. 8, 2011 by SCU Director of Athletics and Recreation Dan
The 2012-13 season will be her second full season as head coach and third spring season coaching the Broncos.
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.
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. In 2012 the Broncos won pair of tournaments and her golfers claimed individual titles.
On October 25, 2011 Kelly won her first college tournament as a head coach, claiming SCU's own Colby Invitational at Silver Creek CC. 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.
"Krystal already has the respect and admiration of this team, which was apparent to all during the interview process," said Coonan. "She knows Santa Clara well and will certainly draw on her remarkable experience on a national championship team. We look forward to seeing all that she will bring to this position."
She took over a SCU team that has been a perennial top-tier finisher in the West Coast Conference spanning the last 10 years under former head coach Polly Schulze. As an assistant coach 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 championships. SCU also established a new single-round scoring record in 2010, posting a 292, the lowest in program history.
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.
Formerly Krystal Shearer, she graduated from UCLA in 2004 with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Sociology. She is recently married to Matt Kelly. The couple lives in San Jose.