Kelly started playing volleyball in middle school, at which time she also started playing for D.O.V.E. In high school, Kelly was a four year varsity player at Orange High School. Her first year of coaching was when she was a senior in high school; she coached a 13s and under team. While attending NC State University, Kelly played intramural volleyball and played for the club team her sophomore year. Kelly was the head JV volleyball coach at Holly Springs High School for one year and is currently the head JV coach at Orange High School. She is entering her 3rd season coaching at D.O.V.E.