Local Sports Notebook: Trow Kelly takes over at Gustavus Adolphus
Rochester native Laurie Trow Kellyhas been hired as the new women’s basketball coach at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter.
Trow Kelly is replacing Mickey Haller, who resigned in March after serving as the head coach for 12 years. Kelly comes to Gustavus from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, where she has directed the Division I Lumberjacks for the past nine seasons.
"I am excited to be returning to Minnesota and competing in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, which I feel is one of the best Division III conferences in the country," Kelly said. "To be asked to join an exceptional academic and athletic program like Gustavus is truly an honor. I look forward to working with the outstanding staff, faculty and students at Gustavus."
Trow Kelly, a John Marshall grad, played her college ball at St. Thomas, which is in the MIAC.
In her nine years at Northern Arizona, she has compiled the most wins in the program’s history (120), while also directing the team to its first-ever Big Sky Conference tournament title and NCAA tournament bid in the 2005-06 season.
Prior to her position at Northern Arizona, Kelly coached at Binghamton University in New York and built the Bearcats into one of the top Division II programs in the country before helping the institution transition to a Division I program in 2001-02.
As a player at St. Thomas from 1989-93, the 6-foot-1 Trow Kelly scored scored 2,607 points and pulled down 1,204 rebounds. She earned Kodak All-America honors three consecutive seasons. In her senior season (1992-93), Trow Kelly was voted National Player of the Year by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association after averaging more than 26 points per game. She set 22 conference and 24 school records, was conference MVP three times and was also named Midwest Sports Channel NCAA Division III Women’s Athlete of the Year. In January of 2006, Kelly was one of five players selected to the NCAA Division III 25th Anniversary Team.
She is also a member of the Rochester Quarterbacks Club Hall of Fame.
Rochester Community and Technical College sophomore Aly Meyerof Caledonia has signed a letter of intent to play women’s basketball at Mayville (N.D.) State University. Mayville plays in the Dakota Athletic Conference and was 14-12 in 2011-2012.
Meyer is a 6-foot post player who led RCTC in scoring (15.2 points a game) and rebounding (8.6) this past season. The Yellowjackets finished 21-7. She was named first-team All-Region, All-State and All-Division as a sophomore. She was first-team All-Division and second-team All-State as a freshman.
She finished with 854 career points at RCTC, placing her in the top-10 all-time in school history.
"Aly became one of the top NJCAA Players in the country," RCTC coach Steve Huckesaid. "I am really proud of what she accomplished here at RCTC and feel that she will excel at Mayville State."
The Rochester Honkers have signed two pitchers currently playing at a Texas college for the upcoming season. Joining the Honkers this summer will be St. Mary’s University junior right-hander Carl O’Nealand University of Texas at San Antonio freshman right-hander Justin Anderson.
O’Neal, a 6-foot San Antonio native, has been nearly unhittable this seasons for St. Mary’s, currently the top-ranked team in Division II. O’Neal is 10-0 with a 1.31 ERA and 75 strikeouts in 68 2/3 innings of work. The junior hurler has seven complete games.
Anderson, a 6-4, 190-pound Houston native was recently named the Southland Conference Pitcher of the Week for his performance against McNeese State.
Anderson tossed a one-hitter in a 3-0 victory. This season he is 2-2 with a 7.99 ERA. He is also hitting .313 with 10 RBIs.
Lake City girls golf coach Steve Randgaardhas been selected to the Minnesota High School Golf Coaches Hall of Fame.
Randgaard will be honored for his achievement at the Class AA state golf tournament banquet at the Park Ballroom in New Prague on June 11.
He has been coaching girls golf at Lake City since 1987.