From the court to the sidelines: Crystal Kelly

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1) What is your athletic background (school and/or club) and education (High school-Collegiate)?

  • Sacred Heart Academy (2000-04)
  • WKU (04-08)
  • WNBA (08-10 – three seasons)
  • Overseas 08-11 – four seasons)

2) How did athletics teach you to overcome adversity in the workplace?

Athletics showed me how to work as a team to achieve a common goal.  In the workplace you come across many different type of people and it is important to find the right way to communicate as well as respect each other.  I believe athletics taught me how to problem solve especially in a team environment.

3) What was the most challenging point of your athletic career?

I was fortunate to have a great athletic career.  When I became a professional basketball player I learned quickly that I needed to put a lot of extra time in to become valuable to my team.  My role changed from being the leading scorer in college  to helping other people get open shots.  This was a humbling experience and I believe I am a better person/coach because of it.

4) What has been the most challenging point in your professional career?

I knew that after playing I wanted to coach.  When I first began coaching I had to learn how to take my playing experiences and somehow teach young ladies what they needed to do to be the best player they could be.  This took time and I am fortunate that I have been surrounded with seasoned coaches to help me grow as a coach.

5) What is your advice to young student athletes today?

The advice I would give to young students athletes would be to KEEP GRINDING!!! My friend and head coach

Kim Rosamond at Tennessee Tech says that ” How you do one thing, is how you do all things.”  It’s so true and if you want something bad enough you will put the time in to be great.