All-Time C-USA Strikeout Leader
2007 Second Team All-C-USA
2007 Preseason All-C-USA
2006 Preseason C-USA Pitcher-of-the-Year
2006 First Team All-C-USA
2006 NCCSIA All-State
2005 Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-Southeast Region Second Team
2005 NCCSIA All-State
2004 NCCSIA All-State
C-USA Pitcher-of-the-Week (Feb. 14, 2005)
C-USA Co-Pitcher-of-the-Week (May 2, 2005)
C-USA Pitcher-of-the-Week (Feb. 13, 2006)
C-USA Pitcher-of-the-Week (Mar. 27, 2006)
C-USA Co-Pitcher-of-the-Week (Apr. 17, 2006)
C-USA Pitcher-of-the-Week (May 1, 2006)
C-USA Pitcher-of-the-Week (May 8, 2006)
C-USA Pitcher-of-the-Week (Mar. 12, 2007)
Keli Harrell, East Carolina's all-time saves leader, returned to her alma mater as an interim assistant softball coach in January 2015.
The hiring of Harrell marks her second stint on the Pirates' coaching staff as she previously served as a graduate assistant from 2007-10. Harrell played an integral role guiding ECU to lead the league in several pitching categories, including earned run average (1.45), strikeouts (467) and wins (44).
Under Harrell's tutelage, Toni Paisley broke the East Carolina single-season strikeout record with 356, a mark which Harrell had previously held. Paisley went on to collect Conference USA Pitcher-of-the-Year honors on three separate occasions and was a two-time Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-America selection. She was named 2009 C-USA Female Athlete-of-the-Year and was a Lowe's Senior CLASS Award Finalist.
In her final year on staff, Harrell helped lead East Carolina to its first-ever Conference USA Tournament Championship as the Pirates made an appearance in the NCAA Regionals for just the third time in program history.
As a student-athlete, Harrell established the Conference USA career strikeout record after fanning 948 batters in her four years in the circle. She was named the 2006 C-USA Pitcher-of-the-Year and earned All-Conference USA accolades on two occasions as well as NCCSIA All-State honors in 2004 and 2005.
The eight-time C-USA Pitcher-of-the-Week ranks in the top 10 in every single ECU pitching category, including leading the program in saves (14), while ranking second all-time in appearances (167) and strikeouts (948), as well as standing third in games started (124), complete games (101), innings pitched (894.1) and shutouts (32).
A native of Greenville, N.C., Harrell finished her collegiate career with 88 wins against 48 losses for a .652 winning percentage, good for the eighth-highest mark in program history. She tossed three no-hitters and compiled an ERA of 1.84 to rank sixth all-time at East Carolina.
Following her departure from ECU, Harrell served as an assistant softball coach at Queens University of Charlotte during the 2011 season where she helped the Royals to their third-straight 20-win season. That year, Queens came up just short of advancing to their third consecutive Conference Carolinas championship game in a 3-1 loss to Lees-McRae.
Since 2011, Harrell has served as a family and consumer science teacher and softball coach at South Central High School in Winterville, N.C. In her three years at the helm of the Falcons, Harrell led the squad to a pair of Coastal Conference 3A Championships and guided Kayla Harris to back-to-back pitcher-of-the-year honors in 2012 and 2013. Harris also won conference player-of-the-year accolades in 2013.
Harrell has also been working as a private pitching instructor since 2002. Under her instruction, former D.H. Conley High School pitcher Rachel Weidner earned Pitt County Pitcher-of-the-Year honors in 2013 and followed that with Coastal Conference Player-of-the-Year accolades in 2014, as well as district pitcher-of-the-year honors and was a First Team All-State selection.
Harrell graduated from East Carolina in 2007 with a bachelor's degree in family and community services and completed her master's in sport management in 2010.