Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Notre Dame football coach got his start at Assumption College
Brian Kelly ’83, head football coach for the University of Notre Dame and philanthropist, was voted Associated Press (AP) college football coach of the year on Dec. 19, for leading the Fighting Irish to the BCS championship for the first time. He is the first Notre Dame coach to win the AP award, which started in 1998.
Kelly – who delivered Assumption College’s 2012 Commencement address in May, when he also received an honorary degree from his alma mater – is a veteran of 21 seasons as a head college football coach. This was his third season at Notre Dame, the 29th head football coach in the university’s storied history. Prior to this season, Kelly had guided the Fighting Irish to 16 wins and two bowl games. He became the first Notre Dame head coach to win a bowl game in his first season there. Currently the fifth-winningest active coach in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), his victories as head coach since 2001 are more than all but two active FBS head coaches – Oklahoma’s Bob Stoops and Mack Brown of Texas.
Ever passionate for his alma mater, Kelly established last spring a $250,000 endowed scholarship for Assumption College football players. The College will match the annual football scholarship amount with the same scholarship amount for female intercollegiate athletes.
“I am very proud to be an Assumption College alumnus,” said Kelly. “Establishing this scholarship is my way of giving back and saying thanks to all the people at Assumption who taught me, mentored me and helped shape me. This is a very special community with a spirit that helps students thrive in every aspect of their lives.”
- Read the Associated Press coverage here.