Gau is entering his fourth season with SMU and first season as Head Coach after spending last year Associate Head Coach.
Gau was named interim head coach during the 2018 season when head coach Ken Garland passed away. Gau had been an assistant coach for the Saints for more than three seasons, working primarily with the infielders and hitters.
During his time as interim head coach, Gau was faced with an extremely difficult situation, but rose to the challenge and had the Saints playing their best ball at the end of the year.
He helped coach Austin Feist to a first team All-Conference selection, along with freshman shortstop Ryne Oshiro to the second team All-Conference. Tanner Inouye was named to the GNAC All-Conference honorable mention team in 2018. The Saints also racked up the weekly awards, with four players earning GNAC Player/Pitcher of the Week (Aaron Shoup, Inouye, Oshiro, and Adam Eskil).
Not only did the Saints improve by the end of the year, they also maintained their excellence in the classroom, with six athletes being named to the GNAC All-Academic team.
Gau becomes only the third coach in Saint Martin's Baseball program history, since the program joined the NCAA in 1999.
He is from the Seattle area and graduated from Woodinville High School and was a member of the Spokane Falls Community College baseball team and then transferred to Central Washington. He was named All-West Region honorable mention (second base) by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association as a senior in 2011. Additionally, Gau was named to the 2011 All-Great Northwest Athletic Conference first team.
Gau started coaching at the University of Washington as a student assistant while working toward his master’s degree in intercollegiate athletic leadership from the fall 2012 until he graduated in the summer of 2014. He was on the Bulldog staff as a volunteer coach in 2015 where he was responsible for working with the outfielders, assisting with the hitters, acting as its short game coach along with game-day duties at first base.
Coach Kelly Gau lives in DuPont, WA with his wife Jen.