Kelly's appointment is effective Monday, December 19 and involves an agreement of five-and-a-half years. She will become the third head coach in the history of the program. Kelly replaces Chris Petrucelli, who was reassigned in the department following 13 years as the Longhorns' head coach.
"I am so excited to become a part of such a winning tradition here at Texas," Kelly said. "Our staff will be incredibly invested in the vision of this program and taking Texas Women's Soccer to national prominence. Our first priority is the investment into every single student-athlete's development, in the classroom, on the field, and most importantly as a young lady."
At Tennessee, Kelly took the helm of a program that had never advanced to the NCAA Tournament, had never won an SEC Tournament match and had never collected any All-SEC first-team honors or seasonal hardware. She eventually led the Lady Vols to four consecutive SEC Eastern Division crowns, three straight regular season titles and four tournament titles. She was tabbed SEC Coach of the Year three consecutive seasons from 2003-05.
In Knoxville, Kelly led the Lady Vols to a 160-84-20 (.644) mark in 12 years. During her time, Tennessee reached nine NCAA Tournaments, making five Sweet 16 appearances. Her squads were 10-8-2 in the NCAA Tournament.
The Lady Vols were also exemplary performers in the classroom under Kelly. Over the past 12 years, Kelly's players have earned 142 selections to the Academic All-SEC Team and SEC Freshman Academic Honor Roll. During her 12 years, four of Kelly's student-athletes earned Academic All-America honors, and 13 have garnered Academic All-District accolades.
Prior to becoming head coach at Tennessee, Kelly served as an assistant coach for the Lady Vols for four years, arriving in Knoxville in 1996. She served as a student assistant coach under legendary coach Anson Dorrance at the University of North Carolina.
Kelly was a four-year letterwinner for the Tar Heels from 1991-94. She garnered All-America recognition as a senior and was a three-year All-Atlantic Coast Conference performer. During her career, the Tar Heels posted a 97-1-1 record, won four ACC regular season titles and four ACC Tournament crowns.
Kelly was a member of the Canadian National Team for nine years, making 29 international caps for Canada during her playing career. She started every game in the midfield for Canada at the 1995 FIFA Women's World Cup in Sweden. In 2004, she was inducted into the Canadian Soccer Hall of Fame in Vaughan, Ontario. She is just the third woman to be enshrined in the hall.
A native of Scotland, Kelly spent her youth in Brantford, Ontario. She earned a bachelor's degree in physical education with an emphasis in psychology from UNC in 1994.