BARTLESVILLE, Okla. – Oklahoma Wesleyan University announced today the hire of Kirk Kelley as Head Coach of OKWU Baseball.
“We’re excited to have Coach Kelley return to the OKWU community in leadership of this team,” said Athletic Director Mark Molder. “He has a proven record of excellence and we can’t wait to see what’s next for OKWU Baseball.”
Kelley began his impressive coaching career in the late 1980s at Allen County Community College, then served at Northwestern Missouri State as infield coach until 1990 when he became a talent scout for the Baltimore Orioles.
In 1991, Kelley returned to coaching as the infield coach at University of Memphis. Then, in 1992, Kelley moved to Lyon College to start a baseball program, where he was head coach and athletic director. During his time at Lyon, Kelley coached multiple teams to regional tournaments and national rankings, as well as dozens of All-Conference players, several All-Americans, and more.
After a 17-year stint at Lyon, Coach Kelley joined OKWU as head baseball coach and athletic director, where in his two years coaching, he led the team to the 2011 NCCAA National Championship and was named the NCCAA National Coach of the Year.
Since then, Kelley has coached at University of Central Arkansas, established Lyon College’s first-ever football program, and most recently, returned to baseball at Eastern Oklahoma State College.
Kelley is a graduate of St. Mary of the Plains College and received his master’s degree in education from Northwest Missouri State University. He and his wife, Marcia, have seven children.