Kellyn Tate

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Kellyn Tate
Sport(s) Softball
Current position
Title Head coach
Team Puget Sound
Conference Northwest Conference
Biographical details
Born c. 1976 (age 40–41)
Playing career
1995-1998 Michigan
1998 Orlando Wahoos
1999-2000 Akron Racers
2001 WPSL All-Stars
? California Sunbirds
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1998-2001 Penn State (asst)
2003-2006 Texas Tech (asst)
2006-2009 Miami (Ohio) (asst)
2010-2012 Portland State (asst)
2012–present Puget Sound
Head coaching record
Overall 2-37 (.051)
Accomplishments and honors

  • NFCA second-team All-American, 1998
  • NFCA third-team All-American, 1996
  • NFCA first-team All-Great Lakes Region, 1996, 1998
  • All-Big Ten first-team, 1996, 1997, 1998
  • WPSL batting title, 1999

Kellyn Tate (born c. 1976), is an American softball coach and former player. She has been the head softball coach at University of Puget Sound since 2012. She previously held coaching positions at Portland State, Miami (Ohio), Texas Tech, and Penn State.

Tate played college softball at the University of Michigan where she was a first-team All-Big Ten Conference player each year from 1996 to 1998. Her career batting average of .357 is the fourth highest in Michigan history. She later played professional softball for the Orlando Wahoos (1998), Akron Racers (1999-2000), WPSL All-Stars (2001), and California Sunbirds (2004). She won the Women's Pro Softball League batting title in 1998 with a .320 batting average.

Early years[edit]

Tate is a native of Chesterfield, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis.[1] She played high school softball for Parkway West High School and led the team to consecutive state championships.[2][3][4][5]

University of Michigan and Team USA[edit]

Tate committed to play college softball at the University of Michigan in November 1993.[6] She enrolled at Michigan in the fall of 1994 and was an outfielder for the Michigan Wolverines softball team under head coach Carol Hutchins from 1995 to 1998.[7] She received honors as an NFCA second-team All-American (1998), NFCA third-team All-American (1996), NFCA first-team All-Great Lakes Region (1996, 1998), and All-Big Ten Conference first-team (1996, 1997, 1998). She was also a co-captain of Michigan's 1998 team. She helped lead Michigan to three Big Ten championships, four Big Ten Tournament titles, and four trips to the Women's College World Series.[7][8][9][10][11]

She remains among Michigan's all-time career leaders in batting average (.357 - 4th), hits (272 - 7th), triples (12 - T-6th), sacrifice hits (48 - 3rd), and stolen bases (45 - 8th).[7] Tate received a bachleor's degree in sports management and communications from Michigan in 1998. She later received a master's degree in higher education from Texas Tech in 2003.[8]

Tate also played for the United States National Softball Team as a member of the national team from 1996 to 1997.[8]

Professional softball[edit]

Tate was drafted by the Orlando Wahoos in the 1998 WPSL Senior Draft. She played professional softball in the WPSL and National Pro Fastpitch for the Wahoos (1998), Akron Racers (1999-2000), WPSL All-Stars (2001), and California Sunbirds (2004). She had her best season in 1999 when she won the WPSL batting title with a .320 batting average and had 56 hits and 19 extra base hits in 175 at-bats.[1][7][12][13][14]

Coaching career[edit]

In July 2012, Tate was hired as the head coach of the softball team at the University of Puget Sound.[15] In her first year at Puget Sound, the team compiled a 2-37 (.051) record.[16]

Prior to taking over as the head coach at Puget Sound, Tate had worked for 14 years as an assistant coach at Portland State (2010-2012), Miami (Ohio) (2006-2009), Texas Tech (2003-2006), and Penn State (1998-2001).[8][15]


  1. ^ a b "A Former Racer, Tate Enjoys Return to Town: WPSL All-Star Has Fond Memories of Akron, Thoughts of an Encore". Akron Beacon Journal. June 24, 2001. p. D1 SPORTS. 
  2. ^ Mike Eisenbath (September 9, 1993). "Parkway West Star Gets a Taste of High-Profile Amateur Softball". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. 
  3. ^ "Parkway West Dominates All-Metro Softball Team". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. December 7, 1992. 
  4. ^ "Michigan's Tate, Bears' Hacker Counted on Heavily in Playoffs". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. May 25, 1995. 
  5. ^ Jason M. Stallman (June 30, 1996). "Local Softball Teams Up For Olympic Challenge: They Hope National Team Due for Upset". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. 
  6. ^ Mike Eisenbath (November 11, 1993). "Area Standouts Sign on Dotted Lines". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. 
  7. ^ a b c d "2013 University of Michigan Softball Record Book" (PDF). University of Michigan. 2013. 
  8. ^ a b c d "Miami University Softball Program Adds Kellyn Tate as Assistant Coach". CBS Sports. July 17, 2006. 
  9. ^ Jason Stallman (May 10, 1998). "Michigan Gets Boost From St. Louis Trio". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. 
  10. ^ Elizabethe Holland (April 24, 1997). "Missouri's Gift To Michigan Appreciated". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. 
  11. ^ "Seniors leave legacy for Michigan softball". The Michigan Daily. May 26, 1998. 
  12. ^ "Penn State Digest". Centre Daily Times. August 19, 1999. (Tate named WPSL player of the week)
  13. ^ "Work Hard? Oh Sure, But Not for the Money: Women's Pro Softball Means Competition, Not Riches". Akron Beacon Journal. May 9, 1999. p. D1 SPORTS. 
  14. ^ "Racers Continue Molding Franchise, Akron Pro Softball Club Signs Three Players". Akron Beacon Journal. April 23, 1999. p. C2. 
  15. ^ a b "Kellyn Tate Selected As Next Head Softball Coach". University of Puget Sound. July 3, 2012. 
  16. ^ "2014 Results". University of Puget Sound.