Jess Kelley, a former gymnast at the University of California, Berkeley, is in her second season on the coaching staff as an assistant coach in 2012-13 after serving two seasons as an assistant at her alma mater.
Kelley was named the 2012 EAGL Assistant Coach of the Year (with Ed Datti) and the 2012 NCAA Northeast Regional Assistant Coach of the Year (with Datti) in her first season.
During her two seasons coaching at Cal, Kelley had experience coaching all four events. In 2010-11, her primary responsibilities were on vault and uneven bars, while she focused on beam and floor during the '09-10 campaign, including assignments and lineups. She coached choreography for two seasons, and other duties included recruiting, fundraising, video and music editing and meet preparation.
The 2006 Rookie of the Year and 2007 Team MVP transitioned into a coaching role during the 2009 campaign after sustaining a season-ending injury following the first meet of the year. She chose to stay with the team and help out as a student assistant for the remainder of what should have been her senior season of competition. After graduating in December 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts in American Studies, Kelley officially became an assistant coach.
Kelley was a two-time West Regional participant during her Cal career, competing in the All-Around at Regionals in both 2007 and 2008. She just missed qualifying for the NCAA National Championships her junior year by .05. She is in the Cal record books for earning a 9.9 on beam in 2007 and a 9.875 on her floor routine during the 2008 season.
Previously, Kelley competed with Airborne Gymnastics (1996-2005) in Santa Clara, Calif.
Kelley holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Cal. She majored in American Studies with an emphasis in organizations in the American Workplace.