Kelly Crowley ’99
Kelly Crowley ’99 is a two-sport Paralympic medalist and a retired professional cyclist. She is a writer and speaker, a USA swimming coach, and founder/director of the ParaSport Institute.
Over the course of her professional athletic career, Kelly won numerous National Championship titles in both swimming and cycling. As a swimmer, Kelly held two World records, competed at the 2003 FINA World Championships, and won two gold medals in the 2004 Athens Paralympic Games. As a cyclist, Kelly was a World Champion time trialist in 2007 and raced professionally with Primal/Map My Ride women’s team in 2012. Kelly qualified to compete in the 2012 London Paralympic Games where she won two bronze medals, despite breaking her collarbone in a professional race five and a half weeks before the Paralympic Games Opening Ceremony.
Kelly was the valedictorian of her class at Santa Clara University and has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration. She worked in a variety of positions in Bay Area non-profit organizations before becoming a swimming coach. She serves on the Disability Committee for Pacific Swimming and is a certified ASCA Level 3 Disability Coach and USA Swimming Level 2 Coach. She is also the author of the Para-cycling chapter of the USA Cycling Level 3 Coaching Manual.
Kelly collaborates with numerous sport organizations in the Northern California Regional Network of Paralympic Sport clubs to provide competitive sport opportunities for youth and adults with disabilities. She is a member of the Board of Directors for Northern California Olympians & Paralympians, and contributed to the Bay Area’s bid for the 2024 Olympic & Paralympic Games.
Kelly travels the country speaking to audiences about overcoming adversity, the dogged pursuit of excellence, and the benefits of integrated sport. Her corporate clients include The Hartford, Levi Strauss & Co, and the Green River Small Business Development Center. Locally, her academic clients include UC Berkeley, Menlo College, Palo Alto Unified School District, Menlo Park City School District, and Cal State - East Bay.
Kelly is married to a cyclist/lawyer/chef, “owns” a cat with a ridiculous amount of personality, and loves to swim, cycle, shoot hoops, hike, and eat her husband’s culinary creations.