Mary Holt-Kelsch enters her fourth season at Rhode Island in 2018-19, joined Bridget Hurlman's staff as an assistant coach in August 2015.
Holt - who came to Rhode Island after two seasons as an assistant at Lafayette - coaches the infielders. She also is a hitting instructor and assists with recruiting. She is in charge of equipment, camps/clinics, alumni relations, and assisting with other areas of the program.
In her first season, Holt helped Rhode Island's offense hit 21 home runs, a significant jump from the nine the team hit the year before. The Rams also scored 138 runs, an improvement of 19 runs from the previous season.
During her time at Lafayette, Holt's success led to her being promoted to the top assistant position on Jexx Varner's staff. In addition to helping the team improve its overall fielding percentage, Holt also monitored and mentored the student-athletes, helping Lafayette achieve the highest GPA in program history during the 2015 season.
A skills instructor at Planet Fastpitch in Uxbridge, Mass. from 2008-13, Holt also served as the volunteer head coach for the New England Phoenix Gold in Providence, R.I. from 2010-13.
A native of Providence, R.I., Holt is a 2013 graduate of Kent State University. She was a three-year starter in the infield and finished her career tied for sixth in program history in home runs. Holt earned her bachelor's degree in Business Administration and also collected Mid-American Conference All-Academic Team honors.