Brian Kelly is Notre Dame Coach

December 11, 2009

Notre Dame has chosen their new coach, Brian Kelly, as Fighting Irish’s new man for the job. Find out more interesting details and see pictures and a film here.

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Brian Kelly will be introduced as the new Notre Dame football coach in South Bend this afternoon.

As a biography, Brian Kelly was born in Everett, Massachusetts on October 25, 1961 so his age is 48. He grew up in Chelsea, Massachusetts and attended St. John’s Prep School in Danvers, Massachusetts. Following, he attended college at Assumption College as a four-year letter winner in a linebacker position. In 1983, he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in political science. At Assumption College, he was involved as linebackers coach, defensive coordinator, and softball coach. current head football coach at the University of Notre Dame. In 1987, he worked as a graduate assistant and defensive backs coach for Grand Valley State University. In 1989, he became the defensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator. In 1991, he took over as head coach of the football team. While at Grand Valley State University, he was named as AFCA Division II Coach of the Year. During his thirteen years, he won five conference titles and made Division II Playoff appearances. His record at Grand Valley was 118-35-2. In 2004, he became head coach at Central Michigan University. In his second year of coaching, their record was 6-5, the first winning season in seven years. In 2006, Kelly guided their team winning the MAC Championship and qualified for the Motor City Bowl. His record, there, was 19-16. On December 3, 2006 Kelly was named the University of Cincinnati’s head coach. In 2006, Kelly guided a win over Western Michigan. In 2007, received a Top 25 ranking. On December 5, 2007 he was named Big East Coach of the Year. In 2009, Kelly’s Cincinnati Bearcats were ranked number three in the BCS Standings. On December 10, 2009 Kelly signed on with Notre Dame as head coach. He signed a five-year contract.

Coach Brian Kelly replaces Charlie Weis and reportedly signed a five-year contract with Notre Dame’s Fighting Irish. It is said that after the news broke, Kelly’s team did not seem to take the announcement well. Cincinnati’s tight end, Ben Guidugli said, “We already knew what he was going to say. We weren’t giving him a round of applause or anything,” sharing that, “It’s like somebody turned their back on us. We brought this whole thing this far. We’ve come this far. To have someone walk out now is disappointing.”

The athletic director for Notre Dame, Jack Swarbrick issued a statement regarding their new hire saying, “I am very pleased that a thorough and extensive search has led us to a new head coach in Brian Kelly, who I am confident will help us accomplish our goal of competing for national championships.”

According to reports, the Fighting Irish has not won a national championship since 1988. Under coach Weis, Notre Dame’s record was 35-27.

We hope that Brian Kelly, Notre Dame’s new coach can bring back the Irish to their fighting roots. Leave your thoughts in the comment box and see photos and a video here.

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