KELBY FRITZ | ASSISTANT COACH
Fritz comes to Southern after a year as the assistant coach for the Northeastern Oklahoma A&M Lady Norse Basketball Team. Prior to NEO, she spent two seasons as the graduate assistant coach for Hastings College in Hastings, Nebraska. During her tenure, the team earned two trips to the NAIA National Tournament and finished in the final four during her first year.
Fritz helped Northeastern Oklahoma A&M (NEO) to a National Junior College (NJCAA) Division 1 Region 2 and District B title this past season. The 29-3 Lady Norse entered the national tournament as the 11 seed and defeated 22nd seeded Iowa Western 73-47 in the opening round at the Rip Griffin Center in Lubbock, Texas. NEO fell in the second round to sixth seeded and national runner up Trinity Valley, 67-53. The Lady Norse finished 16th in the nation in points per game (80.1), 14th in field goals made per game (29.6), and seventh in three point field goals per contest (8.7). While at NEO, Fritz was responsible for game preparation, scouting, game day duties, recruiting, strength and conditioning, and all aspects of team travel for the Lady Norse.
Fritz began her playing career at Missouri Southern State University (09'-12') where she averaged 10 points per game. She continued her collegiate carrier in 2012 at Rogers State University. As a starter for the Hillcats, she shot 42% from behind the arch and 85% from the charity stripe. Fritz was also 41% from the field. The Hillcats attended the NAIA D1 National tournament the 2012-2013 season and made it to the second round.
Fritz earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Sports Management with an emphasis in psychology in May 2013 from Rogers State University. She continued her education and received her Master's of Arts in Teachers Education at Hastings College in May 2016, where she was the Graduate Assistant Coach.
Fritz is originally from Vinita, Oklahoma where she earned 2009 All-State honors and also helped lead the team to their first and only State Championship for girls' basketball. She also played softball, ran track, and cross country.