Howard College head softball coach and junior college coaching veteran Kelly Raines has been hired by Galveston College to lead the Whitecaps softball program.
“Coach Raines brings a vast amount of knowledge and experience with the National Junior College Athletic Association and Texas community college softball to Galveston College,” said Dr. Myles Shelton, college president, in making the announcement.
“Kelly has a tremendous dedication to student success – both in the classroom and on the field. She has been to the NJCAA national tournament seven times in her 16-year career. We are truly excited to have her join our Whitecaps family.”
Coach Raines has served as head softball coach at Howard College in Big Spring, Texas, since 2005. During her tenure, the Hawks had 16 years of 30 or more wins in a season, won seven regional championships and nine conference championships, and placed fourth in the 2015 national tournament.
Prior to joining Howard College, Coach Raines served as head softball coach at her alma mater, Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri, for two years and assistant softball coach at Midland College in Midland, Texas, for two years. During her time at Midland, the Chaps won two regional championships and two conference championships and finished fourth at the national tournament.
Coach Raines has a Master of Business Administration, a Bachelor of Arts in Physical Education, and an Associate of Arts. She has also taught undergraduate classes in sports management and business management.
“Coach Raines’ enthusiasm and excitement, her strong educational background, her knowledge of softball, and her goals and vision will be a tremendous boost to our program,” said Dr. Van Patterson, vice president for administration and student services and interim athletic director. “She will hit the ground running on day one and take our program to the next level.”
Coach Raines is an eight-time Western Junior College Athletic Conference Coach of the Year and a three-time recipient of the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Staff of the Year award. During her playing career at Pensacola Junior College and Lindenwood University, she was a two-time National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics All-American, National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-American, All-Region and All-Conference student-athlete. She is a member of the Lindenwood University Player Hall of Fame.
“I am so excited to be a Whitecap,” said Coach Raines. “I look forward to an exciting new chapter in my life and Galveston College softball.”