CORVALLIS, Ore. – Kelly Kerkvliet, who competed for the Oregon State women’s golf team from 2001-05, is returning to the program as an assistant coach, head coach Risë Alexander announced on Friday.
“It means a lot to me to return to Corvallis and work with Coach Alexander and the team,” Kerkvliet said. “To be able to get back to a community and school that I am so passionate about is really exciting. Corvallis is something that sticks with you. It’s been in my blood since I was young and I’m very fortunate for this opportunity to return home.”
“We are excited to have Kelly join our program,” Alexander said. “She brings a wealth of experience in many areas of golf and operational administration that the program values. She has stepped right in and taken on some big shoes to fill with the departure of Kailin Downs to Portland State. As a former player at Oregon State and Crescent Valley she is also familiar with the area and needs of the program. We are looking forward to what she will add to our program.”
Kerkvliet was most recently the Director of Junior Golf for the Idaho Golf Association in Boise since 2012 where she was responsible for the program’s budget and developed the Junior Golf Tour schedule of more than 50 events.
She also worked with more than 550 members of IGA Junior and their parents, and worked closely with the IGA Board of Directors, Rocky Mountain PGA and the First Tee of Idaho. Kerkvliet was the captain for the Idaho Girl’s Junior Americas Cup Team, which finished in a tie for seventh place in 2013, its best finish to date.
Prior to her stint with the Idaho Golf Association, Kerkvliet was an assistant golf professional at BanBury Golf Course in Boise for nine months where she instructed private and group lessons and clinics, while also coordinating the junior golf program.
After her graduation from Oregon State, Kerkvliet was the Director of Brand and Creative Services for the Boise Hawks Baseball Club from May 2006 to October 2012. During that time, she was responsible for developing and executing a marketing agenda and budget to increase awareness for the club.
Kerkvliet graduated from Oregon State in 2005 with a bachelor of science degree in Business Administration, Marketing and Merchandising. She earned Pac-10 All-Academic honors following her senior season when she posted a season-best 76 at both the PING Invitational and Pac-10 Championship.
A native of Corvallis, Kerkvliet replaces Kailin Downs who was named the head coach at Portland State earlier this month.