by JENNIFER FRAKES | photos by Lauren Nygard Photography

Carlsbad High School Softball Coach Danielle Kinley is Building Strong Players On and Off the Field

faces_kinley2Carlsbad High School softball coach Danielle Kinley is a Carlsbad native who has played softball since she was eight-years-old, first for the Carlsbad Softball Association and then at Carlsbad High School where she played four years on the varsity team. When it came time for her to go on to college, she accepted a softball scholarship at Penn State, earned her degree, and then went on to play professionally for the Philadelphia Force. “It was my goal since I was a little girl to play softball professionally. I was not ready to hang up my cleats after college and am grateful for the opportunity to have had the best job in the world – professional athlete. It also led me to coaching and instructing in the off-season,” revealed Danielle.

Softball as a sport and a passion has shaped Danielle’s life and who she is as a person, and she hopes to inspire her team to be good players on the field and in life. “The best part of coaching is cultivating an environment for these girls where they can do what they love while also learning and growing, not only as athletes, but as people. I am very proud of how much these girls understand what a true team is, how they support each other, and how hard they work for each other,” related Danielle, who feels privileged to have an impact on such an amazing group of young women.

Name: Danielle Kinley
Community: Carlsbad
Hobbies: Softball, teaching, rock climbing, fitness, food, creative projects
Favorite Spots in Carlsbad: Norte Mexican Food & Cocktail, Lola’s 7 Up Market & Deli, Vinaka Café, Naked Café, CHS Softball Field

As an athlete Danielle has received many accolades, including being selected Academic All-Big Ten for all four years of her college career. She was also put on the Carlsbad Wall of Fame, an honor reserved for local athletes who have played at a professional level. Off the field, Danielle is involved with the Carlsbad Softball Association (CSA) and helps develop their volunteer coaches, among other things. She also recently spearheaded a CSA event to raise money for a young player on the Ramona softball team who was diagnosed with lymphoma. “Many of the teams in North County participated, and we were able to raise funds to help the family offset medical costs from cancer treatment,” stated Danielle.


When she is not coaching Danielle can be found spending time with her husband, Tim Ryland, and their 15-month-old daughter, Raegan. Danielle also loves to rock climb and hike, as well walk to local shops, restaurants, and to the beach. These family outings will soon have an additional participant – Danielle and Tim are expecting another baby in November!