Coach Darla Kelly (center) with her 2012 all-region honorees from left to right Rene Acosta, Ronnie Acosta, Sheila Hernandez and Yezenia Gomez.
Darla Kelly, PHS swimming and diving coach, has been selected as the UIL District 22-6A Girls Diving Coach of the Year for 2015-16.
She was selected by a vote of the District 22-6A coaches last week at the district meet at the city of Pearland Natatorium.
Kelly has served as swimming and diving coach at Pasadena High since 1995. Previously, she served as diving coach for all Pasadena ISD high schools.
In her 34 years of coaching, she has produced at least 37 conference champions and three district team champions. She has been named the recipient of either a swimming or diving district coach of the year honor nearly 30 times since 1983.
Due to her achievements as a coach, Kelly was selected as part of the Team USA Fin Swimming coaching staff for the 2000 World Championships in Majorca, Spain. In addition, Kelly has been the swimming commissioner for the U.S. Scholar-Athlete Games, head coach for the U.S. Scholar-Athlete Games, and a staff swimming coach for the World Scholar-Athlete Games.
Out of the pool, Kelly has found time to be involved with her school and community. She has implemented multiple programs for students including the Young Republicans Club, Faculty-Alumni-Student Swimming Meet, Thespian Troupe and Academic Decathlon.