Brian Kelly (American football coach)
Brian Keith Kelly is an American football coach. He is currently the head coach at the University of Notre Dame. He previously coached Grand Valley State University, Central Michigan University, and the University of Cincinnati. Kelly’s 2012 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team reached the 2013 BCS National Championship Game.
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Brian Keith Kelly is an American football coach. He is currently the head football coach at the University of Notre Dame. Kelly previously served as the head coach at Grand Valley State University, Central Michigan University, and the University of Cincinnati. He led the Lakers to consecutive NCAA Division II Football Championships in 2002 and 2003. Kelly’s 2012 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team reached the 2013 BCS National Championship Game. Kelly was born in Everett, Massachusetts, and was raised in a Catholic Irish-American family. He attended St. John’s Preparatory School in Danvers, Massachusetts. He was a four-year club football player at Assumption College as a linebacker. He served as a graduate assistant and defensive backs coach for Tom Beck and became the defensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator in 1989. Kelly took over as head coach in 1991. In his final three seasons the Lakers went 41–2, at one point winning 20 consecutive games. In 2001, the Lakers set 77 NCAA, GLIAC, and school records, including setting the all-time Division II scoring record, averaging 58. 4 points per game. Kelly became the 24th head coach of Central Michigan after the departure of Mike DeBord following the 2003 season. He left to accept the Cincinnati coaching vacancy three days after CMU won the 2006 MAC Championship. Kelly led Cincinnati to a competitive position in the Big East; the Bearcats’ second ever 10-win season ; and a Top 25 ranking.
On December 5, 2007, Kelly was named Big East Coach of the Year after leading the bearcats to a 93 record. In 2008, Kelly led the Bearcat’s to a 31–21 victory in the Papa Papa Bowl over Southern Miss. Kelly later led theBearcats to its first ever outright Big East title with key wins over West Virginia and Pittsburgh. The Bearcats also became the first coach to win all three of the team’s traveling trophies— the Bell Victory Trophy, the Kegels of Nails, and the River City Rivalry Trophy. Kelly lost the 2009 Orange Bowl versus the ACC champion Virginia Tech on January 1, but lost 20–7 the following week. He has the unique distinction of having defeated the same team twice in a season as coach of two different teams. In 2010, he won the Orange Bowl against the ACC Champion Virginia Tech, and lost 20-7 the next week against the Virginia Tech Hokies. In 2011, he was the coach of the Cincinnati Bearcats to win the Papa Mama Bowl over Western Michigan University in that year’s International Bowl on January 6. Kelly is married to former U.S. Rep. Mary Burke, who served as her countrywoman’s chief of staff from 1987 to 1991. He also has a son, Michael Kelly, who was a U.N. soldier in the 1990s and served as an assistant coach in the Army National Guard. Kelly has been married to his wife, Kelly, since 2001. He had a son with U.T. Navy SEALs.
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