June 24, 2009
CONWAY, S.C. -- Coastal Carolina University has hired Kelley Green as its head softball coach, the University announced today. Green was signed to a three-year contract to take over the Chanticleer program.
Green comes to Conway after spending the last 10 years as the head coach at Lock Haven University, where she led the Lady Eagles to two Division II National Championships in the last four years, capturing the 2006 and 2009 titles and postiung a 208-23 record in that time frame. In 2007, LHU was national runner-up and followed it up with a national semifinal appearance in 2008. Her coaching staff was also honored as the Division II National Coaching Staff of the Year for the second time after leading Lock Haven to the National Title and a 51-6 record on the year.
She has posted a 346-134 (.721) winning percentage overall, the winningest coach in Lock Haven history and paced the squad to four straight Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) and NCAA Division II Atlantic Region titles. She has had three 50-win seasons in her tenure, including a record-breaking 2006 when Lock Haven posted a program-best 56 wins. The program's rise to national prominence became evident during the 2005 season, when the squad boasted a 35-10 record and the first PSAC West title for LHU since the 1988 season and earned a berth in both the PSAC and NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional tournaments.
Under her direction, senior pitcher Kristen Erb was named the 2006 and 2009 Division II National Pitcher of Year and the winner of Honda Collegiate Women's Sports Award for the Top Female Athlete in Division II both years after leading the Lady Eagles to their national crowns. Green coached more than 30 All-PSAC, 12 All-Region and nine All-America players in her time at Lock Haven. She earned four PSAC Coach of the Year, three National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Regional Coaching Staff of the Year and two NFCA National Coaching Staff of the Year awards for her efforts.
Prior to her time at Lock Haven, Green spent two seasons playing for the Virginia Roadsters, a team in the Women's Professional Softball League. Green also served two seasons as an assistant coach for the women's softball team at Penn State University from 1996-98, where she was an integral part of the Lady Lions' success and assisted in all facets of the program.
Green's collegiate career was spent at Northwestern University (1992-1996), where she was a three-time All-Big Ten player, and also garnered All-Mideast Region laurels, as well as an A.S.A. third-team All-American certificate in 1995. Upon graduation, Green was the Northwestern single season and career record holder in hits with 68 in 1994 and a four-year total of 215 base hits, as well as RBIs. In 1996, Green received the Northwestern Outstanding Senior Athlete Award, and also earned her bachelor's degree in education and social policy.
"I'm excited about the opportunity to lead the Chanticleer softball program to new heights," Green said. "Coastal Carolina has so much to offer a student-athlete and I am anxious to begin this journey."
"I am pleased to announced Kelley Green as our new head softball coach at Coastal Carolina University," Coastal Carolina University Senior Woman's Administrator Cari Rosiek said. "She brings a tremendous amount of enthusiasm and passion for the game of softball. We look forward to watching her lead Coastal Carolina University to new heights."
QUOTES ABOUT COACH GREEN:
"I'm so happy for Coach! She had an outstanding 10 years at LHU and really turned our program around. She's a great coach and even better person and I wish her the best of the luck at Coastal Carolina."
-- Recent LHU graduate, two-time Division II National Athlete of the Year and four-time All-American and now Philadelphia Force pitcher Kristen Erb
"I was incredibly privileged and honor to have played under Coach for my collegiate career. She taught me so much about the game of softball, but more about the game of life. She instills character into her players as well as her program. It will be very sad to see her leave her home at LHU but I am excited and happy to see her take on her new challenge at Coastal."
-- 2009 LHU Graduate Sarah Norris - Four-time All-PSAC, three-time All-Region and one-time All-America infielder