Welcome to Buffaloes Summer Break where CUBuffs.com catches up with Colorado student-athletes and coaching staff members throughout the summer "off season."
Today's installment comes from Anne Kelly who just completed her 15th season as head coach of the women's golf team. The 2011-12 season proved to be the best in team history as Kelly's squad advanced to the NCAA Championships for the first time (finishing 18th). Following a sixth place finish in the ultra-competitive Pac-12 Conference, the Buffaloes hosted the NCAA West Region Tournament at Colorado National in Erie. A memorable 9-under par final round led to a fourth place region finish and an invitation to the team's first ever NCAA finals.
What is your favorite summer time activity?
Hiking in the beautiful Colorado Mountains.
Favorite vacation destination and why?
I enjoy seeing new places, but a visit to Tucson, Ariz., to see old friends and have some great home cooked meals is always fun.
What was your first summer job?
Well mostly in the summer I played golf tournaments (rough life I know :) ), but I did house sit at times.
What was your most memorable summer job experience (good or bad)?
I had nine Golden Retriever puppies to take care of while house sitting (good). I had to clean up after them and try and sell for the owners (bad).
Explain one aspect of your job during the off-season that fans may not realize
The amount of paper work and reports that we are responsible for.
The most important thing your current student-athletes should be doing this summer?
Chipping and putting.
What is your favorite moment here at Colorado so far?
That is hard to narrow down, I have three that stand out. Watching our football team win the Big 12 Championship game against Texas at Cowboys Stadium in Dallas (in 2001), watching our volleyball team beat undefeated and #1 ranked Nebraska at home (in 2006), but most of all our last round at the NCAA West Regional stands out the most. The team was 9-under par and we threw out an under par score. Watching our team finish on such a strong note and seeing how much it meant to the seniors and the rest of the team was a thrill for me.
A summer-time activity you enjoyed growing up that is NOT your current sport?
Swimming – growing up in Arizona, that was really an enjoyable activity
Best advice for youth that are beginning to compete in athletics.
Find a sport that you LOVE to play and play it because YOU love it – not for anyone else.
If you could sit in with one other coaching staff at CU for a game/event that is not your sport, which staff would it be and why?
Coach (Mark) Wetmore (Cross Country/Track & Field), because he is incredibly smart, he is highly successful and has very funny, dry sense of humor.
If you could bring one famous person to Colorado for a day-long tour who would it be, and what would you do with them?
I think it would be my Dad. I know he wasn’t famous, but he was great man and a US Championship cyclist. He passed away many years ago and I really miss him and his advice. I would love to talk to him about what I do and the challenges of coaching. I would be so proud to show him our golf course, Colorado National, our new practice facility and have him meet the golf team and people I work with.