Kelsey Cartwright joined the Belmont Softball staff in August 2019 as an assistant coach.
“Kelsey brings a competitive quality to everything she does but also brings heart and sincerity," said head coach Megan Rhodes Smith. "Her accomplishments as a player were due not only to talent but her intense drive and work ethic. She will do a tremendous job coaching for Bruin Softball. I couldn’t be more thankful to have her on board."
Cartwright transitions full-time into higher education after organizing and running her own high-level softball camps throughout the state of Tennessee while serving as an educator in the Metropolitan Nashville School District. She also served as head coach for Tennessee Fury Fastpitch, a highly-competitive travel team based in Chattanooga.
The Joelton native began her collegiate career at Auburn, emerging as a two-year starter for the Tigers, after excelling in high school as a National Gatorade Tennessee Softball Player of the Year and a UA High School All American. She finished her sophomore season ranked third on the team in hitting, second in runs scored, and tied in RBI. Cartwright transferred to nearby Lipscomb University to complete her collegiate playing career. There, she received First Team All-Conference honors, was named to the NFCA All-Region Second Team, and currently holds the Bisons’ single season homerun record of 18.
After earning her undergraduate and graduate degrees at LU, Kelsey went to work for Metro Nashville Public Schools as a behavior and special education teacher, earning Teacher of the Year distinction in 2018.
Cartwright lives in Gallatin.