When Santiago Restrepo accepted the head coaching position at the University of Oklahoma, the first thing he did was ensure that Kelly Files would be joining him in Norman. Files, who played under Restrepo at Southern Miss, was key in the emergence of the Golden Eagles as a Conference USA and regional power.
Files is in her 12th season at Oklahoma and her responsibilities with the Sooner program include recruiting, conditioning, on-the-floor coaching and administrative work. She was promoted to associate head coach in July 2011.
In 2009, Files was honored by the American Volleyball Coaches Association as the inaugural recipient of the Division I National Assistant Coach of the Year award.
Files was nominated for the award following an 11-month span in which Restrepo's youngest son, Javier, suffered a relapse of leukemia. During this time, she took on additional staff responsibilities so Restrepo could be with his family.
Files served as acting head coach for the final two matches of the 2008 season as Restrepo's son was about to undergo a second transplant operation. She quietly continued to carry these duties into the summer as the Restrepo family dealt with the passing of Javier in July 2009.
In 2003, Files accepted her first full-time coaching position at her alma mater, Southern Miss, where she had previously served as a graduate assistant.
Files received her bachelor's degree in exercise science in May 2002 and completed her master's degree in sports administration in December 2004.
Files was a three-year letterwinner in volleyball for Coach Patty McWilliams at Blue Springs South High School in Blue Springs, Mo. She was named all-state, all-conference and all-district for three straight years.
The three-year All-Kansas City Area performer was named "Player of the Year" in 1997, and was selected to participate in the Kansas City All-Star Volleyball Game.
Files, along with her husband, Brandon, have a stepson, Brandon. The couple welcomed their first child together, Charlotte Lee Files, in March 2012