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Kristen Kelsay
Kristen  Kelsay

Assistant Coach



Minarick Named CoSIDA First Team Academic All-America

Senior co-captain boasts a 3.97 GPA as a kinesiology major


Ortiz Joins Spartan Volleyball Staff

Miami Assistant comes to MSU as new assistant coach.


Spartans Open NCAA Tournament At Home Friday

Michigan State Hosts First and Second Round Matches


MSU Hosts Purdue, Michigan in Final Regular-Season Home Matches

Seniors will be celebrated after Michigan match on Saturday


First B1G Midweek Game On Tap at Illinois For No. 14 Volleyball

Spartans take on Illini Wednesday at 8 pm ET


Volleyball End-of-Year Banquet

The Spartan volleyball program celebrated its 2015 season on Sunday at the Kellogg Center.

A 2014 graduate of Michigan State, Kristen Kelsay brings not only a wealth of high-level playing experience, but also serves as a strong mentor to current Spartan student-athletes in balancing both athletics and academics.

Since making the move to the sideline, she has helped MSU to three consecutive NCAA Tournaments, compiling five Tournament victories and advancing to the NCAA Regional final in 2017. Her mentee, Rachel Minarick, twice earned Honorable Mention All-Big Ten honors and earned AVCA Honorable Mention All-America honors as a senior, as well as Academic All-America honors -- an accomplishment also achieved by Kelsay as a senior in 2013 while guiding the Spartans to a second consecutive NCAA Sweet 16.

As a three-year Spartan captain, Kelsay possesses an excellent grasp of the core values and philosophies of the Michigan State volleyball program. The fourth-year assistant is the program's recruiting coordinator, and works extensively with the operating the team's offense, particularly the setters. In addition, she is the team's academic liaison with Student-Athlete Support Services, and also plays a large role with the Spartan volleyball camps and the team's community outreach activities.

Once Kelsay enrolled at Michigan State in the fall of 2010, she almost immediately made an impact on those around her, serving as a team captain for three seasons. She appeared in 133 career matches, which ranks eighth all-time at MSU, and her 473 career sets ranks fourth all-time. As a senior, Kelsay earned CoSIDA Academic All-America honors (just the fourth player in program history to do so), and was a three-time Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and Academic All-Big Ten selection. She twice was a Big Ten Sportsmanship Award winner, served as the Student-Athlete Advisory Council president, and was featured in the MSU President's Report "`Inside Out,' which followed nine Michigan State students whose lives were documented throughout the 2013 fall semester.

After her graduation, Kelsay was awarded a Big Ten Postgraduate Scholarship and accepted a position as a graduate assistant in MSU's Student-Athlete Support Services (SASS). While pursuing her graduate degree in Athletic Administration, Kelsay served as an academic counselor and helped oversee the department's community outreach initiatives.

Kelsay won an AAU National Club Championship in 2010, and also earned JVDA All-America honors. In high school, the Wheaton, Illinois native was a three-year letterwinner at St. Francis High School, leading her team to a state runner-up finish in 2007 and back-to-back regional championships her junior and senior years.

Kelsay resides in East Lansing.

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