Kelley Green enters her 10th year as the Head Softball Coach at Coastal Carolina University. In her career, she has amassed a record of 648-352. In her time with the Chants, Green has posted a record of 304-218, including a 157-104 record in Sun Belt/Big South Conference.
In the program’s second season in Sun Belt Conference play, Green led her squad to a 26-28 record overall and 4-15 in conference. She collected her 300th career victory on April 10th versus Georgia Southern in a 12-4 win. Offensively, the Chanticleers were one of the top homerun hitting teams in the nation in as they averaged 1.39, which was tops in the Sun Belt and third best in the entire NCAA. Freshman sensation, Courtney Dean led the Chanticleer offense in 2018, as she batted .346, which was tops for all freshman in the conference, nine of her 15 homers came in conference play and 15 was second best in the SBC and tied for sixth most in Chanticleer single season history. Her 38 RBI was also third best in the conference and best among all freshman. Dean earned First Team All-Sun Belt Conference and Second Team NFCA All-Region.
In 2017, Green led her squad to the school's seventh 30 plus win season with a 32-23 overall record and an 11-16 record in the Sun Belt. The Chanticleer's first year in the Sunbelt Conference ended with a first-round loss to UT-Arlington in the conference tournament. Taty Forbes was named First Team All-Sun Belt Conference as the sophomore concluded the regular season leading the Sun Belt in hitting with a .411 batting average. She also was tied for first in the league with 35 stolen bases and her 39 stolen bases attempts were second.
In 2016, for the second straight season, Green led the Chanticleers to a second place finish in the Big South with an 18-6 record and 37-22 overall record. The 18-win season ranked third best in school history behind the 2014 (20-win) and 2013 (19-win) seasons. Senior catcher Morgan Noad made history individually under Green, becoming the Big South and Coastal Carolina’s all-time home run career leader (75) and RBI leader (217). Noad was named Big South Player of the Year and was an NFCA All-Region third team selection and was one of seven Chanticleers to earn all-conference honors. Green also saw senior Bri Chiusano become the Big South career runs scored leader and saw freshman Taty Forbes named as a top 10 finalist for NFCA Freshman of the Year.
In 2015, Green led the Chanticleers to a second place finish in the Big South with a 16-7 record and 33-24 overall record. The Chants defeated Campbell in the first round but fell to Presbyterian in the quarterfinal game. Coastal advanced to the semi-finals of the Big South tournament but fell short of the title game. Led by Green, Kory Hayden and Morgan Noad were selected to the All-Big South first team. Amanda Daneker and Kiana Quolas earned second-team honors while Kailey Mellen and Annie Robinson were named to the All-Freshman team. Green saw Morgan Noad set a new program record for home runs in a season (22) and finished the season ranked 11th in the nation in home runs.
The 2014 season was an especially memorable one for both Green and the Chanticleers. For leading Coastal to its second straight Big South Conference regular-season championship and the most league wins in the conference's history (a 20-4 record), Green was honored as the Big South's Coach of the Year for the first time. The Chants advanced to the championship game of the Big South Tournament and finished with a 41-15 record, the program's second 40-win season in three years and fourth in school history. Coastal also posted its highest-ever finish in the national RPI rankings, coming in 55th. Along the way, Green recorded her 500th career victory as a collegiate head coach on March 26 when CCU defeated Campbell 8-1. Green also saw Kiana Quolas pitch a no-hitter in a win over North Carolina and Kory Hayden break the school's career home run record on April 6. Quolas repeated as both the Big South's unanimous Pitcher of the Year and an NFCA All-Region second-team pick and was one of seven Chanticleers to earn all-conference honors. Quolas, Hayden, and Bri Chiusano ranked among the top 10 nationally in several categories throughout the season, with Chiusano recording the second-most stolen bases in the country. The trio was joined on the All-Big South first team by Morgan Noad and Ashley Bagwell, while Sara Rasley and Amanda Daneker were named to the second team.
In her fourth campaign at CCU, Green led the Chanticleers to the Big South Conference regular-season championship - the program's first since 2006 - as they finished the campaign with a 19-5 league record and a 37-22 overall mark. In the Big South tournament, Coastal rallied to post three straight comeback victories over Radford, Liberty, and Winthrop before falling one step short of the title game. The Chants finished the season leading the conference in all major team pitching categories and offensively broke a school record by hitting 70 home runs. Led by Green, Kiana Quolas was selected the Big South Pitcher of the Year and was joined on the All-Big South first team by Kory Hayden. Ashley Bagwell and earned second-team honors, while Bri Chiusano and Morgan Noad were named to the All-Freshman team.
In 2012, Green guided the Chanticleers to their most successful campaign in more than a decade as they finished with a 44-20 overall record, won the Big South Conference Tournament and notched a victory in NCAA Regional play. The 44 wins equaled the single-season school record set in 1994. The Chants finished second in the conference in the regular season and then went 5-1 in the Big South Tournament, capped by a 4-1 win over Charleston Southern for their first conference tourney title since 2006. Returning to the NCAA Regionals for the first time in six seasons, Coastal rebounded from an opening-game loss to host Georgia and defeated Georgia Southern 2-1 for its first NCAA Regional win since 2000. The Chants' season ended the following game with a 5-3 loss to North Carolina. Green recorded her 400th career collegiate victory on February 11th when the Chanticleers beat George Mason 4-3. Under Green, three Chants earned First Team All-Big South Conference honors in 2012 as pitcher Kiana Quolas and utility player Sarah Maples joined third baseman and Big South Freshman of the Year Kory Hayden.
During her second season at the helm of the program, Green led the Chants to a 25-34 overall record and a fifth-place finish in the Big South Conference with a record of 7-11. The Chants had a strong showing at the 2011 Big South Softball Championship, pulling off two upsets. Heading into the tournament Coastal, who was ranked #5, beat the #4 seed Charleston Southern by a score of 8-0. In the match, Sarah Maples hit her first career grand slam. The Chanticleers then faced #1 seed Radford and pulled off the 2-1 upset. Radford was able to turn around the next day and outlast the Chants 6-5 in the rematch and the Chanticleers season would come to an end after an 11-3 loss to the Highlanders.
In her first season as a Chanticleer, Green led Coastal to a 27-31 record, which was the best finish since the 2006 season when the Chants won the Big South Tournament and earned a trip to the NCAA Tournament. At the 2010 Big South Tournament, the Chants made a good run, playing four games in the double-elimination tournament, including three games on the second day before their effort came up short, falling to Liberty. Jazmin Daigle was named Big South Co-Freshman of the Year while Cacia Pierre earned All-Big South first team honors and Ashley Frederick was selected to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District first team. The Chants won their first tournament under Green at the CCU Softball Classic, and also tallied a win at South Carolina, the first since 2006.
Prior to Coastal, Green spent the previous 10 years as the head coach at Lock Haven University, where she led the Lady Eagles to two Division II National Championships in four years, capturing the 2006 and 2009 titles and posting 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 posted a 346-134 (.721) winning percentage overall at Lock Haven, the winningest coach in school 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 Kristin 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 five PSAC Coach of the Year, five National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Regional Coaching Staff of the Year and two NFCA National Coaching Staff of the Year awards for her efforts.
Throughout her career, Green has stayed active in the softball community by serving on numerous committees. From 2006-2009, Green served on the NFCA Mid-Atlantic Region All-America committee and was the NFCA Division II representative. Green also served as the coaches' committee chair at Lock Haven from 2004-2008 and was a Division II NCAA softball committee representative in 2008 and 2009.
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.
In 1995, the Orange County, Calif. native graduated from the NACWAA/HERS Institute. In 2011, she earned her Master of Science degree in sports administration from California University of Pennsylvania.