Former Gopher basketball and volleyball player and current assistant coach Kelly Roysland
Kelly Roysland, who was a standout as a player for head coach Pam Borton's teams, is in her fourth season as an assistant coach for the Golden Gophers.
Roysland works with the Gophers' guards, as well as having responsibilities with scouting and recruiting. Her connections within the state of Minnesota help her to play a vital role in the Golden Gophers' recruiting efforts.
Since her arrival, Roysland has aided Minnesota in securing the No. 17-ranked recruiting class in 2011 and the No. 34-ranked recruiting class in 2010, and has also helped guide the Gophers' guards to numerous accolades. With her guidance, Minnesota's guards have earned All-Big Ten honors six times, as well as earning WBCA All-Region 6 and WBCA Honorable Mention All-America honors.
A native of Fosston, Minn., Roysland was a four-year letterwinner in basketball for the Gophers from 2004-07. She served as a team captain as a senior, and also played one year of volleyball as a fifth-year senior in 2007.
Prior to returning to Minnesota, Roysland was an assistant coach at North Dakota State University. She was hired at NDSU in June 2008, and helped the Bison post back-to-back 16-13 records, including a combined mark of 23-13 in the Summit League.
Roysland was an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for the Bison. On the court, she was primarily responsible for guard development. Off the court, she was in charge of organizing all recruiting activities, as well as game preparation, scouting, and individual preseason and postseason workouts.
Roysland finished her basketball career at Minnesota ranked 12th (currently 15th) on Minnesota's all-time scoring list with 1,074 career points. She averaged 8.5 points per game over 126 contests for the Gophers, including a team-high 13.2 points per game during her senior season in 2006-07.
As a senior, Roysland was named Minnesota's Most Valuable Player, while earning All-Big Ten third team accolades from the conference's media members and honorable mention honors from the league's coaches. She also fared well in the classroom, earning Academic All-Big Ten acclaim her final three seasons with the Gophers, and was a two-time recipient of the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award in 2007 and 2008.
"Minnesota is a place that I absolutely love," Roysland said. "I grew up loving The Barn, and then had a chance to play there. Now I get to work with the current players and to continue the winning tradition at Minnesota. It's something I'm very honored and humbled to be a part of again."
During her career, Minnesota made three trips to the NCAA Tournament and one appearance in the WNIT. Roysland played in nine NCAA Tournament games, which included reserve roles on the Golden Gophers' 2004 Final Four team and 2005 Sweet Sixteen squad, while averaging 6.6 points per game in those nine contests.
Roysland earned her bachelor's degree in sport management, graduating from Minnesota in 2007 with a 3.365 grade point average. She then compiled a 3.860 GPA to receive a master's degree in exercise science from Minnesota in 2009. She received the University of Minnesota's Presidential Leadership Award in 2007. She is one of three former Gopher players - Carol Ann Shudlick and Lindsay Whalen being the others -- with an endowed scholarship in her name.
Her father, Mike Roysland, is the head women's basketball coach at Division II member UM Crookston.
ROYSLAND AT A GLANCE
September 19, 1984
B.S. University of Minnesota, 2007 M.A. University of Minnesota, 2009
Basketball - University of Minnesota, 2003-07 Volleyball - University of Minnesota, 2007