He was the pitching coach for six years at Arizona State as the Sun Devils won the 1981 College World Series in his first season. Kelly also worked at the highest levels in the scouting departments of the California Angels and Los Angeles Dodgers.
Tim’s legendary baseball career began as a pitcher out of Anaheim, California. After his high school career at Wilcox Prep in Anaheim, he pitched for the University of La Verne, Orange Coast College, and Stanford University. After college he pitched three seasons of professional baseball (1976-1978) and twice he was a MLB spring training invitee.
Following his playing days, Tim returned to the game as a Pitching Coach for Orange Coast College in 1980 — promptly developing a staff that helped OCC win the California State title. In the summer of 1980 Tim joined Ben Hines in Fairbanks as an Assistant Coach for the Alaska Goldpanners. The 1980 club won the state and national championship. Kelly was then hired by Arizona State University, where he coached for seven season, including with the 1981 NCAA College World Series champions.
From ASU, Tim re-entered the world of pro baseball as a coach, scouting supervisor, and Assistant Scouting Director for the California Angels, Los Angeles Dodgers, and Washington Nationals. Kelly is credited with the signings of Tim Salmon, Troy Percival, and Chad Curtis, among many others.
Returning to amateur baseball, Kelly again coached for the Goldpanners in 2012, 2014-2016, while serving as the Pitching Coach for Don Sneddon at Santa Ana College.