KJ Kelley starts her fourth year as an assistant coach for the University of Toledo's softball program.
Kelley came to Toledo after spending the 2009 season as an assistant at the University of Vermont, where she worked under current Rockets head coach Tarrah Beyster. Kelley was responsible for coaching both the catchers and outfielders, as well as assisting with the hitters and pitchers. Under her guidance, Catamounts outfielders recorded the most assists in program history since 1999.
Prior to her stint at Vermont, Kelley spent a season coaching at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, her alma mater. She assisted in all facets of the program and oversaw the catchers, the outfielders and all hitters. Kelley also conducted private lessons throughout Massachusetts.
A former UMass standout, Kelley re-wrote the record book during her four-year stint as a third baseman and catcher from 2002-06. The 2005 first-team Easton All-American Catcher and two-time team captain set school records with 41 career home runs, 153 RBI and 32 doubles, while her .335 batting average ranks 10th in school history. Each of Kelley's four-year single-season home run tallies rank in the top 10, including a school and Atlantic 10 record of 14. Of the 15 times in school history that a player has hit two home runs in a single game, Kelley had done it five times. She is tied for third all-time with 74 extra-base hits, first with 118 walks and third with a .619 slugging percentage. In addition, she had recorded 50 multi-hit and 38 multi-RBI games in her career.
Defensively, Kelley was a rock behind the plate for her last two seasons after two stellar years at third base. She led the A-10 in pickoffs and runners caught stealing. Kelley was a four-time Atlantic 10 All-Conference and All-Tournament team member as well as a three-time NFCA All-Region pick.
After graduating with a bachelor of science degree in sports management from UMass, Kelley played three seasons with the New England Riptide in the National Pro Fastpitch league from 2006-08. In 2006, as the team's starting catcher, she batted .250 with three home runs and 15 RBI. Kelley, a Rainier, OR native, is currently a member of the National Fastpitch Coaches Association.