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Liz Kelly - Head Coach (2005-2008)



PositionHead Coach
Dutch National TeamFeb. 2005 - Sep. 2008
Games Dutch National Team60


Teams as Coach
Universities
AC California State University (Chico, Cal, USA, 1983-1986)
HC Livingston University (Livingston, Ala, USA, 1986-1988)
HC Miami University (Oxford, Ohio, 1988-1992)
AC Univ. of Toledo (Toledo, Ohio, USA, 1992-1993)
AC Arizona State Univ. (Tempe, Ariz, USA, 1993-1994)
HC Univ. of California, Santa Barbara (USA, 1994-2001)
National Teams
HC Netherlands National Team (Feb. 2005-Sept. 2008)
(HC = Head Coach / AC = Assistant Coach)
...Tournaments Participated In...
with Dutch National Softball Team
2005 - Canada Cup (Surrey, Canada)
European Championships (Prague, Czech Rep.)
2006 - HC Canada Cup (Surrey, Canada)
HC World Championships (Beijing, China)
HC Japan Cup (Yokohama, Japan)
2007 - HC Australia Test Series (Enschede/Oosterhout/Haarlem, Netherlands)
HC European Championships (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
HC Olympic Qualifying Tournament (Ronchi/Castions/Staranzano, Italy)
2008 - HC American Tour I (California/Hawaii, USA)
HC American (NPF) Tour II (Pennsylvania/Illinois/Ohio, USA)
HC Holland Tour (Santpoort/Groningen/Oldenzaal, Netherlands)
HC Tri-Nation Exhibition Series (Sendai, Japan)
HC Olympic Games (Beijing, China)
(HC = Head Coach)
...Awards...
1987 - Coach of the Year, Gulf South Conference (USA)
1988 - Coach of the Year, Gulf South Conference (USA)
2007 - Coach of the Year, Royal Dutch Baseball & Softball Association
Career
In 2008, Liz Kelly enters her fourth year as Head Coach of the Dutch National Softball Team and becomes only the third in Dutch history to lead the National Softball Team for a fourth consecutive year. Nol Houtkamp holds the record with 15 years (1969-1983), while fellow-American Diane Schumacher also leads the Dutch squad four years in a row (1987-1990). Ruud Elfers also is Head Coach for four years, but in two different periods (1994-1996; 2000). In 2008, Liz Kelly is re-united in the coaching staff with Linda Wells, with whom she also coaches at Arizona State University in 1993-1994. In 2007, Coach Kelly leads the Dutch team to qualification for the Olympic Games in Beijing and in October starts an ambitious and extensive preparation with the squad for the Olympics.

In her long career, Coach Kelly conducts softball coaching clinics in Germany, the Netherlands, Thailand, Belize and the Czech Republic, the last two being done under the auspices of the International Softball Federation (ISF). She also works with the Greece Hellenic Softball Federation to implement an elite softball program and conducts youth and coaching clinics and team practices there, including the Greek National Softball Team. In 2002-2003, Liz Kelly works for America’s Baseball Camps OnLine in Phoenix, Arizona (USA).

In 1994, Coach Kelly becomes a Head Coach again, leading the team of the University of California at Santa Barbara, playing in the Division I Big West Conference, until the 2001 season. Again, she developes fund raising activities ($ 6,000-12,000 annually), but also manages budget and academic advising. In her years in Santa Barbara, several players earn All Conference Awards, Academic All Big West and All Region-West awards, while the team ranks in the top-5 in the region in 1998 and top-25 in the country in 1999 and 2000. The team wins the most Big West Conference games in school history in 2000.

From 1992-1993, Liz Kelly is the Assistent Softball Coach at the University of Toledo in Toledo (Ohio), another Division I school. She then moves to the Arizona State University in Tempe (Arizona) to serve as the Assistent Coach for Linda Wells from 1993-1994. With ASU, she assists the Head Coach with all aspects of a Division I top-20 (PAC-10) softball program. She performs fund raising activities and public relations through camps and clinics and also develops and directs a recruiting program.

Liz Kelly makes her coaching debut in 1983 when she is appointed Assistant Softball Coach at California State University in Chico (California), a job she held until 1986. In the same year, she makes her debut as a Head Coach, leading both the softball and volleyball-teams of Livingston University in Livingston (Alabama). After three years with Livingston, Coach Kelly takes the helm at Miami University in Oxford (Ohio), a Division I school. In four seasons (1988-1992), her teams sets a single-season school-record with 36 victories, while players earn several All Conference (10), All Region and All American Awards.

2008 --- In February/March Coach Kelly leads the Dutch National Team to 12 victories, out of 15 games, during the first American Tour, which brought the team to California and Hawaii, as preparation for the Olympic Games in Beijing --- During the second American Tour, in which the Dutch National Team plays against the professional squads of Philadelphia Force, Rockford Thunder and Akron Racers as part of their regular season in the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF), the team wins only one of the eleven games played --- The National Team then plays three games in the Holland Tour, which are all won --- On July 14, Liz Kelly names the 15 players to the roster for the Olympic Games in Beijing --- In the Japan Tour, which is the final preparation for the Olympics, the team is beaten twice during the Tri-Nation Tournament, but then wins an exhibition game to end the trip --- In the Olympic Games, in which Liz Kelly makes her Olympic debut as coach, the squad suffers six losses in a row, but closes with a 4-2 victory vs. Chinese Taipei --- In December, Coach Kelly is succeeded as Head Coach by Craig Montvidas.
2007 --- Coach Kelly has a successful international season with the Dutch National Softball Team, leading the squad to the final of the European Championships in Amsterdam (Netherlands) for the first time since 2001 --- In June, the Dutch team wins the Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Italy to qualify for the Olympic Games of 2008 in Chinese capital Beijing --- In August, together with Linda Wells, she is named full-time coach of the Dutch National Team to prepare for the Beijing Olympics --- In December, she is named Softball Coach of the Year by the Dutch Federation.
2006 --- In her second year, the Dutch National Team participates in the World Championships in Beijing (China) and gets an invitation to participate for the first-ever time in the strong Japan Cup in Yokohama.
2005 --- Coach Kelly makes her debut as Head Coach of the Dutch National Softball Team during the Canada Cup. Later in the year, the Dutch squad finishes in third place during the European Championships in Prague (Czech Republic) --- As Head Coach, see oversees the team training camps and is responsible for the competition.
2003-2004 --- Liz works for the Athens Olympic Organizing Committee 2004 (ATHOC) in Athens (Greece). She oversees all event management operations for the Athens 2004 Olympic Softball Competition and developed the elite level competition venue and training fields with an on-site contractor. Besides this, Liz provided sport specific information for Athens Olympic Broadcasting (AOB), NBC, and CBC and established press conferences procedures with Venue Press Manager.
2001-2002 --- In these two years, Liz is the Director of Event Operations for the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) in Columbia, Missouri (USA).
1983 --- Liz Kelly makes her coaching debut at California State University.

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