Brian Kelly

In three seasons as Notre Dame's head coach, Kelly has compiled a 16-10 record. Coach Kelly's first Notre Dame season featured notable wins over Big East Champion Pitt, #18 Utah, and USC. Kelly became the first Notre Dame coach to win a bowl game in his first season.  In 2011, Coach Kelly helped the Irish win eight of their last 11 games.  Before entering his first year at Notre Dame, Kelly boasted a 34-6 record at the University of Cincinnati and led the Bearcats to their first BIG EAST Conference Championship in 2008 and again in 2009.  At the time he accepted the position at Notre Dame, he qualified as the winningest active BIG EAST football coach and the only league coach with more than 150 wins.  Cincinnati achieved a school-record 12 victories in 2009, had three consecutive 10-win seasons for the first time in school history, won the school's first outright conference championship since 1964, and earned the school's first two berths in Bowl Championship Series games. UC achieved its best-ever ranking to close the 2009 regular season.  Prior to coaching at Cincinnati, Kelly coached three seasons at Central Michigan University from 2004-06 with an overall record of 19-16(.542). In 2006, Kelly led Central Michigan to a 9-4 record and the Mid-American Conference title. Before his arrival at Central Michigan, Kelly coached at Grand Valley State for 13 seasons.  Kelly led the Lakers to five conference titles (1992-97-98-2001-02) and six Division II playoffs. The Lakers were 41-2 in Kelly's final three seasons, at one point winning 32 consecutive games. Grand Valley State went 14-0 in 2002 en route to its first national title and was 14-1 in 2003 when it claimed its second crown. Kelly was named the AFCA Division II Coach of the Year after both seasons.


Team: University of Notre Dame
Career (years): 3 Years
DOB: October 25, 1961
  • Coached Grand Valley State to back-to back Division II National Championships (2002, 2003)
  • American Football Coaches Association Division II Coach of the Year (2002, 2003)
  • Home Depot Coach of the Year Award (2009)
  • Big East Coach of the Year (2007, 2008, 2009)