Kellie Ritchie joined the Liberty women's tennis coaching staff as a volunteer assistant coach in July 2017.
Ritchie comes to Liberty after serving as a volunteer assistant at Missouri for a year and following a successful three-year playing career for the Tigers.
"I am beyond thrilled to be able to learn from Coach Maren and Coach Lemmi. They have supported me so much already, and I can't wait to see how God uses them to impact these girls and the conference this year," Ritchie stated. "I am so thankful for the opportunity to be able to represent and serve Liberty, the tennis team and my God."
Ritchie competed for Missouri for three seasons following her freshman year at Texas Tech. The native of New Braunfels, Texas finished her collegiate tennis career with an overall record of 110-99, which featured 59 singles victories and 51 doubles triumphs.
Ritchie was recognized on the SEC Academic Honor Roll in spring 2014 and received the 2015 ITA Central Region Cissie Leary Award for Sportmanship. She was also part of two Missouri teams that were recognized as SEC Women's Tennis Community Service Team.
As a volunteer assistant during the Tigers' 2016-17 campaign, Ritchie helped guide Missouri to victories over No. 17 Texas A&M and No. 33 Alabama. In her one year assisting with Missouri, the squad featured one All-SEC selection (Bea Machado Santos) and had one doubles pairing (Santos and Amina Ismail) compete at the 2017 NCAA Doubles Tournament.
Ritchie graduated from Missouri in 2016 with a bachelor's degree in exercise physiology and nutrition. She hopes to play on the pro tour for the next few years while her husband, Benjamin, finishes graduate school at Liberty. Ritchie's goal is to eventually become a college coach, impacting people through tennis and the love of Christ.
Ritchie and her husband currently reside in Lynchburg.