Kelsey grew up in Santa Ynez Valley, just 45 minutes north of Santa Barbara, and just moved to Santa Cruz recently. She is finishing up her bachelor’s degree at CSUMB in Cinematic Arts and Technology.
Kelsey first fell in love with volleyball while watching her mom play in a coed league with Todd Rodgers when she was a little girl. Todd and his wife Melissa became Kelsey’s personal trainers and coached her on the beach. She started playing competitively in fifth grade. Kelsey decided in high school to commit all of her time to volleyball in order to become the best setter she could be. She started playing for Santa Barbara Volleyball Club and earned a setting position for the 15-1’s team. That year, Kelsey’s team earned fifth at the Junior Olympics and was ranked fourth in Southern California. The following year, her 16-1’s team earned second at the Junior Olympics.
Kelsey went on to be the setter for Santa Barbara City College for two years and then got recruited by The College of Idaho. She was ranked the sixth best setter of the year in her division across the nation. She was the first athlete in the school’s conference to be named “Setter of the Week” for 10 straight weeks, along with many other awards.
Kelsey developed a passion for coaching while attending SBCC, when she coached a 12’s team Blenders Club. When she returned from playing in Idaho, she realized she missed coaching, and so she took an assistant coaching job for Santa Barbara Club’s 15-2’s team. In 2016 Kelsey was the head coach for Club Cruz’s 14-1’s team and was head coach for the Academy.
Kelsey has coached two indoor teams, and has been a personal beach coach for many players and has helped with beach camps and clinics, both indoor and outdoor. She hopes to be a leader and role model for those she coaches.
“Somewhere behind the athlete you’ve become and the hours of practice and the coaches who have pushed you is a little girl who fell in love with the game and never looked back … play for her.” – Mia Hamm