Chip Kelly

Chip Kelly
Sport(s) Football
Current position
Title Head coach
Team Oregon
Conference Pac-12
Record 31–5
Biographical details
Born November 25, 1963 (1963-11-25) (age 47)
Place of birth Manchester, New Hampshire
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Columbia (DB/ST)
Columbia (OLB/SS)
New Hampshire (RB)
Johns Hopkins (DC)
New Hampshire (RB)
New Hampshire (OL)
New Hampshire (OC)
Oregon (OC)
Head coaching record
Overall 31–5
Bowls 0–2
College Football Data Warehouse
Accomplishments and honors
2x Pac-10 (2009–2010)
2x Pac-10 Coach of the Year (2009–2010)
Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year (2010)
Walter Camp Coach of the Year (2010)
Sporting News Coach of the Year (2010)
Associated Press Coach of the Year (2010)
AFCA Coach of the Year (2010)

Charles "Chip" Kelly (born November 25, 1963) is the head football coach at the University of Oregon. Widely regarded as one of the most innovative offensive minds in college football today,[1][2] the 2009 and 2010 Pac-10 Coach of the Year, 2010 Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year, 2010 Walter Camp Coach of the Year, 2010 Sporting News Coach of the Year and 2010 Associated Press Coach of the Year was previously the offensive coordinator for the Oregon Ducks.


Early life and education

Kelly is a native of Manchester, New Hampshire, attended Manchester Central High School[3] and earned his B.Sc. in physical education from the University of New Hampshire in 1990.[4]

Coaching career

Early coaching years

He broke into the coaching ranks in 1990 at Columbia University, where he served as secondary and special teams coach for the freshman team. The next year he was outside linebackers and strong safeties coach for the varsity team. In 1992 he went to the University of New Hampshire as the running backs coach. He left to become the defensive coordinator at Johns Hopkins University for one season. He returned to his alma mater as the running backs coach for the next 3 seasons (1994–96). He changed to the offensive line coach for two seasons (1997–98).[4]

Kelly was promoted to offensive coordinator at New Hampshire (1999–2006). The Wildcats' offenses averaged better than 400 yards per game of total offense in seven of his eight seasons[5] and more than 30 points per game in his final four seasons.

In 2004, the school broke 29 offensive school records; compiling 5,446 yards of total offense and scoring 40 or more points in seven games. Their best offensive output was in 2005 when the Wildcats finished second nationally in total offense (493.5 ypg), third in scoring (41.7 ppg) and fifth in passing (300.1 ypg). They completed the season with an 11–2 record. Kelly was named the College Assistant Coach of the Year by the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston and selected as "one of college football's hottest coaches" by American Football Monthly. In 2006, quarterback Ricky Santos won the Walter Payton Award under Kelly's guidance, after Santos finished second in balloting for the award in 2005.

University of Oregon

Kelly was hired as offensive coordinator at Oregon in 2007.[6] His potent spread offense attack was an instant success at Oregon. In his first season at Oregon, the Ducks led the Pac-10 in scoring (38.15 ppg) and total offense (467.54 ypg), and also became the highest scoring team while amassing the most yards in the history of Oregon football. In 2008, the Ducks once again led the Pac-10 in scoring (41.9 ppg) and total offense (484.8 ypg), while breaking the school record marks set the previous season.

In March 2009, Oregon announced that head coach Mike Bellotti would be promoted to athletic director; consequently, Kelly would be promoted as head coach effective March 30.[7]


Kelly gained national acclaim for responding to a season ticket holder's letter demanding a refund for his expenses after traveling to see Oregon's 19–8 loss to Boise State, which ended with Ducks running back LeGarrette Blount responding to a Bronco player's taunts by punching him in the face. Kelly replied to the man with a personal check written out for his travel costs (exactly $439): in response, the fan wrote him a thank-you note enclosing the original check, which he did not cash and made copies to frame.[8]

Kelly helped the Ducks gain national attention in 2009 after an upset of the then #5 USC Trojans on October 31.[9] Kelly became the first Pac-10 coach to win an outright conference championship in his first season, sending the Ducks to the Rose Bowl for the first time since 1995. Oregon also became the first Pac-10 team to win a conference title by two games since Washington accomplished the feat in 1991. On December 7, 2009 Kelly was named Pac-10 Coach of the year. He is the second Ducks coach to earn the honor, the other being Rich Brooks (2 times).[10]


Prior to the 2010 season, Kelly suspended Jeremiah Masoli for the season after the quarterback pleaded guilty to second-degree burglary charges, marking the second year in a row that a key player was suspended.[11] Masoli was later dismissed from the team following an arrest for marijuana possession and several driving infractions.[12]

In early October, Kelly led the team to a #1 spot on the AP, Harris, and USA Today Coaches Poll, followed a few weeks later by a #1 BCS ranking.[13][14] With a 37–20 win over the Oregon State Beavers on December 4, 2010, Kelly led the Ducks to a 9–0 finish in conference play, winning their second consecutive outright Pac-10 title. With Darron Thomas at quarterback and Doak Walker Award winner LaMichael James at running back, the Ducks averaged 49.3 points and 537.5 yards per game in the regular season.

In December, following an undefeated 12–0 season and an end-of-season #2 BCS ranking, Oregon was selected to play the #1 Auburn Tigers in the BCS national championship game on January 10, 2011.[15] The Tigers, out of the Southeastern Conference, were coached by Gene Chizik, and had the Heisman Trophy winner at quarterback in Cameron Newton. The Ducks lost, 22–19, on a last-second, 19-yard field goal by Wes Byrum.

In recognition of his coaching achievements, Kelly received the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year award, the Walter Camp Coach of the Year award and was named Pac-10 Coach of the Year for the second year running.[15][16] Kelly also won the AP Coach of the Year.[17]

Head coaching record

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
Oregon Ducks (Pac-10/Pac-12 Conference) (2009–present)
2009 Oregon 10–3 8–1 1st L Rose † 11 11
2010 Oregon 12–1 9–0 1st L BCS NCG † 3 3
2011 Oregon 9–1 7–0 (North)
Oregon: 31–5 24–1
Total: 31–5
      National Championship         Conference Title         Conference Division Title
Indicates BCS bowl game. #Rankings from final Coaches' Poll.
°Rankings from final AP Poll.


  1. ^ Smith, Jeff (November 29, 2008). "'Mastermind' directs UO show: Offensive coordinator Chip Kelly has Ducks firing on all cylinders". Retrieved March 14, 2009. 
  2. ^ Feldman, Bruce (August 4, 2008). "Secret might soon be out on Oregon offensive mind Chip Kelly". Retrieved March 14, 2009. 
  3. ^ Rob Moseley (July 19, 2009). "A Beautiful Mind: Kelly’s innovations led him on the path to Oregon". The Register-Guard. Retrieved October 1, 2010. 
  4. ^ a b "Chip Kelly Biography". Retrieved August 3, 2009. 
  5. ^ Moseley, Rob (19 July 2009). "Kelly’s innovations led him on the path to Oregon". The Register Guard: p. C1. 
  6. ^ Fennell, Jim (15 February 2007). "Kelly rides the Oregon trail". New Hampshire Union Leader: sports; pg. D1. 
  7. ^ "Bellotti steps down as Ducks coach". Sports Illustrated. March 13, 2009. 
  8. ^ "Kelly replies to invoice with $439 refund". September 23, 2009. Retrieved September 23, 2009. 
  9. ^ "Tenth-ranked Ducks hand Trojans worst loss since '97". October 31, 2009. Retrieved October 31, 2009. 
  10. ^ "Another OSU Awaits". December 5, 2009. Retrieved December 7, 2009. 
  11. ^ Oregon suspends quarterback Jeremiah Masoli for the 2010 season, Los Angeles Times, March 12, 2010
  12. ^ "Quarterback Masoli dismissed". June 9, 2010. Retrieved December 6, 2010. 
  13. ^ "2010 NCAA Football Rankings - Week 8". Retrieved October 17, 2010. 
  14. ^ Oregon vaults over Auburn in BCS, ESPN, October 31, 2010
  15. ^ a b Moseley, Rob (December 6, 2010). "Oregon football: Chip Kelly receives Robinson Award as coach of the year". The Register-Guard. Retrieved December 6, 2010. 
  16. ^ "Pac-10 Football Awards and All-Conference Team Announced". December 7, 2010. Retrieved December 7, 2010. 
  17. ^ "Oregon's Chip Kelly voted top coach". Associated Press. 21 December 2010. Retrieved 13 January 2011. 

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