Napa Valley College Women's VolleyballA former All-American performer at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and professional indoor and outdoor player, Kelly has been the head coach of the Napa Valley College women’s volleyball program since 2001. Prior to being at Napa College, Kelly Van Winden coached at Sonoma State University from 1991-2000. During that time, she was named NCAC Coach of the Year in 1993, 1995, and 1997.
Ironically, Kelly’s collegiate coaching experience began at Napa Valley College in August of 1989, as a late hire. She managed to pull together six players, the absolute minimum necessary to put a team into competition. Her fantastic “six pack attack” finished as co-champions of the Bay Valley Conference that year. The next season, NVC went on to win the Bay Valley Conference. They went to the second round of playoffs and fell one step shy of being able to participate in the state tournament.
The following year, Kelly accepted an offer to assist at Sonoma State University. She assisted for two seasons, and became the head coach in 1991. Her teams won the NCAC conference championships in 1993, 1995, and 1997. After giving birth to her second daughter in 1998, Kelly decided to retire from coaching to be at home with her two children.
In 2001, Kelly took an offer to return to coaching volleyball at Napa Valley College. After an unsteady start in 2001, Napa College Women’s Volleyball has returned to the Bay Valley Conference with force. In 2003 the team won the Bay Valley Conference Championship, and in 2004 the team finished as co-champions.