Head Volleyball Coach
Coach Kelly is entering her eighth season at the helm of the volleyball program at RMC. Last season under Coach Kelly's leadership, the Battlin' Bears made their third trip in four years to the NAIA National Tournament. The Battlin’ Bears will return their entire squad for the 2014 season that won the Frontier Conference tournament last season, earning them an automatic bid to Nationals. The Bears return two All-Americans to their line-up and finished their National campaign with a number 18 ranking.
Previously, Coach Kelly spent two seasons as head volleyball coach at Miles Community College in Miles City, where she was given the task of starting a new volleyball program for the Pioneers.
Kelly was also the head volleyball coach at Roundup High School for 19 years compiling a 456-167 record with a winning percentage of 74 percent. Laurie has been the Montana Coaches Association (MCA) Coach of the Year five times and nominated as a finalist for Regional and National High School Volleyball Coach of the Year. In the last nine years at Roundup, her teams won five state championships including four in a row, 2000 through 2003, a second place finish as well as three third place finishes at the state tournament.
In 2005, Coach Kelly was inducted in the MCA Hall of Fame. She is also in the Hall of Fame at Bemidji State University as a field hockey player for being part of the nationally ranked teams of 1979, 1980, and 1981. She is also inducted in her high school Hall of Fame as an athlete and educator. In 1997, she was selected "Montana Teacher of the Year" from the Milken Family Foundation in California.
Assistant Volleyball Coach
Coach Irigoin is entering her third season as the assistant varsity volleyball coach and head JV volleyball coach at RMC. Irigoin, a 2009 graduate of Rocky Mountain College, was a two-sport athlete for the Battlin' Bears, playing point guard on the basketball team for three seasons and playing outside hitter for the volleyball team for four seasons. As a volleyball player, Irigoin was a 1st team all-conference performer in 2009 and was a recipient of the AVCA Academic Award. Following her career at RMC, Irigoin went on to play in a club professional league in Barcelona, Spain, under head coach Mariano Singer.
Irigoin graduated in 2005 from Seeley-Swan High School in Seeley Lake, Mont., where she earned all-state honors in volleyball, basketball, and track. She graduated from RMC in the spring of 2009 with a bachelor's of science in exercise science. She is currently pursuing her master's in health administration and also works as a personal trainer. Irigoin was married in July 2012 to her husband Ryan, who is a teacher in Billings.