Former Assistant Coach: University of Houston
Rob has accumulated over 25 years of coaching experience at the teenage, high school and NCAA Division 1 collegiate level. Quickly becoming one of the nation's top catching instructors, Rob Kelso joined the University of Houston baseball coaching staff in the late 90's and early 2000's.
Kelso made an immediate impact during his first UH season in 1998, directing Cougar catchers to be ranked among the nation's best for several years to come. With Kelso taking a hands-on approach to catching instruction, the NCAA Division 1 Cougars produced two back-to-back All-American catchers. Kelso's catcher development program emphasized not only fundamentals and mechanics, but more importantly, he stressed the leadership development of his collegiate catchers.
Two of his protégés, Chris Snyder and Jared Bitter enjoyed career years as UH catchers and parlayed their success into professional careers. Bitter became all-conference in Conference-USA in 1998 and subsequently All-American prior to being drafted by San Diego. In 2001, Snyder was recognized as the Johnny Bench Catcher of the Year Award Finalist and selected to catch for the Team USA after batting .316 for the Cougars while leading the team in home runs, hits, RBI, doubles, total bases, slugging percentage and on-base percentage. Defensively Snyder threw out 22 runners attempting to steal a base and he provided the leadership for a young UH pitching staff that had as many as four freshmen start for a combined 43 of the team's 59 games. Selected as All-American in 2002, Snyder was drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks where he has served as their primary MLB catcher.
In addition to teaching and instructing UH catchers, Kelso also worked with the UH outfielders, hitters and rotated as first base coach. The 2001 Cougar outfield included future Houston Astros outfielder, Michael Bourn. Bourne was named a Golden Glove recipient and Team MVP with the Astros in 2009.
Despite playing a very tough schedule and facing some of the best program's in the nation, Kelso helped guided the 2001 Cougars to a 20-7 conference record and another NCAA Regional bid.
Since 2003, Kelso has served as instructional coach and National Field Director for America's Baseball Camps. He has directed and provided instruction in these national camps from San Diego, to MLB spring training facilities in Phoenix, all the way to Georgia.
During 1997 and 1998, Kelso was selected to manage two US National Teams (high school/college) in competition in Puerto Rico.
During the 1996-97 fall seasons, Kelso served as head coach of the Clear Lake High School 5A Varsity Fall Team where he led the team to an incredible 27-5-2 record over 2 years of varsity fall competition and a league championship. He continued to assist the team as they became the Texas Region III semi-finalist. During that time, Kelso personally coached catcher Jed Morris who became an All-American catcher at the University of Nebraska and later drafted by Oakland A's.
Additionally, Kelso served the nation as a Space Shuttle Flight Director in NASA's Mission Control Center. During the 1980's and 90's, Rob led and directed 25 Space Shuttle missions.
Rob has a Bachelor of Physics, Austin College (1977), Masters in Business Administration, University of Houston-Clear Lake (1990), and Southeastern Seminary extension, Biblical Studies (1996-2001).