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When Kevin Kelly was named head football coach at Georgetown University in January 2006, he set his chief goals as laying the foundation for a successful program in the Patriot League and the Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) level, while also building a program that will be a model off the field. Going into his eighth season on the Hilltop, Kelly continues to set the bar higher for the program, coaching 23 student-athletes to all-league honors and 206 to league academic honors.
On the field, Kelly has built the Hoyas into a force in the Patriot League. LB Robert McCabe became GU's second consecutive PL and ECAC Defensive Player of the Year, while earning All-America honors in 2012, after leading the nation in tackles (154) and becoming the program's all-time leader (407). GU had six All-Patriot League players, including CB Jeremy Moore, who became the program's leader in interception return yardage and kick return average (23.9). In 2011 the Blue & Gray took the league by storm, guiding GU to an 8-3 record, its best since 1999, with a 3-2 PL record, while playing for the PL Championship in the final game of the season. Georgetown's success earned Kelly the 2011 Patriot League Coach of the Year, while he was also among the finalists for the Eddie Robinson FCS National Coach of the Year Award.
The 2011 Hoyas featured one of the nation's best defenses, tying for fifth in the nation with a 1.6 turnover margin per game and seventh best run defense (96.1 yard/game). Georgetown also boasted the Patriot League's best scoring defense, allowing a league-low 19.3 points per game.
The defense was led by the PL's ninth consensus All-American, DE Andrew Schaetzke, who earned Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year honors, leading the league and finishing among the nation's leaders in sacks (13) and tackles for loss (22.5). LB Robert McCabe also broke the school's all-time tackles record (134) and was one of three players named to the PL First Team along with CB/KR Jeremy Moore and Schaetzke. GU also had four players named to the second team with CB Jayah Kaisamba, PK Brett Weiss, RB Nick Campanella and OL Mike Roland making the team.
In 2010, Kelly's Hoyas were among the league's most improved teams, showing a four game improvement from 2009. Behind a strong defense and much improved offense, the Blue & Gray opened the season with wins over PL opponents, Lafayette and Holy Cross. Two-year captain LB Nick Parrish became the program's all-time tackles leader (349), while earning second team All Patriot League along with Moore. Schaetzke and Kaisamba were both named to the PL's first team.
Throughout the course of his time at Georgetown, Kelly and his staff have emphasized the building of a complete program. Under Kelly, the Hoyas have experienced success in the classroom and community, with 206 student-athletes named to the Patriot League honor roll during his tenure, with defensive end Ataefiok Etukeren and wide receiver Brent Tomlinson earned College Sports Information Directors of America Academic All-District honors in 2008. In 2010, running back Philip Oladeji earned a spot on the PL All-Academic team, wide receiver Jeremiah Kayal and running back Wilburn Logan named to the team in 2011 and offensive lineman Donald Rhodes in 2012. Linebacker Nick Alfieri was named CoSIDA Academic All-District following the 2012 season.
Kelly has also encouraged his teams to take part in several charitable activities through their careers on the Hilltop, with many involved in Hoya Dreams, Grassroot Hoyas and S.O.M.E, while Kelly, Wayne Heimuli and Schaetzke and other team members were featured in NBC Washington's Wednesday's Child in 2011 and 2012.
Members of the team joined together to visit children in the Intensive Care Unit at the Georgetown University Hospital at the start of the 2006 season and participated in walks to benefit brain cancer research as part of the Students of Ailing Mothers and Fathers (AMF), a support group organized by 2006 graduate David Fajgenbaum. Fajgenbaum, who created what is now the National Students of AMF, was a finalist for the Rhodes Scholarship and was named to the American Football Coaches Association All-Good Works Team.
Former defensive end Alex Buzbee capped off a spectacular career in 2006 by earning honorable mention All-America honors and was named first team All-Patriot League. He signed a free agent contract with the Washington Redskins during the summer of 2007 and was moved to the team's active roster during the 2007 season. Buzbee also played for the Toronto Argonauts of the CFL. Ataefiok Etukeren also signed with the Buffalo Bills as an undrafted free agent prior to the 2009 season. Andrew Schaetzke was invited to Cincinnati Bengals Rookie Camp in 2012, while Robert McCabe signed as a free agent with the Miami Dolphins, following the 2013 NFL Draft.
In 2008, senior fullback Kyle Van Fleet was named Second Team All-Patriot League and was named the league's Scholar-Athlete of the Year. In addition, Van Fleet was the recipient of Georgetown's Robert A. Duffey Scholar-Athlete Award, presented to the student-athlete who best embodies academic and athletic excellence. Quarterback Matt Bassuener graduated in 2008 as the all-time leader in completion percentage and among the top 10 all-time in passing yardage and has played professionally in the AFL2.
Kelly arrived on the Hilltop after four years as the special teams coordinator/linebackers coach at the United States Naval Academy, where he helped lead the Midshipmen to tremendous success. Navy advanced to three bowl games and posted a 26-11 record during his last three seasons in Annapolis (2003-05).
Navy won three Commander-in-Chief's titles during his time in Annapolis (2003-05), won the 2004 Emerald Bowl, the 2005 Poinsettia Bowl and participated in the 2003 Houston Bowl. In 2004, Kelly's efforts helped Navy finish 26th in the country in scoring defense (19.83) as the team won a school record-tying 10 games; in 2003, he helped the defense finish 14th in the nation in pass defense, 42nd in pass efficiency defense (116th the year before), 34th in total defense and 34th in scoring defense (108th the year before) as Navy won eight games.
Prior to joining Navy, Kelly spent two years (2000-01) at Marshall, one of two coaching stints with the Thundering Herd, where he was the defensive coordinator. In 2000, Marshall won the Mid-American Conference Championship and the Motor City Bowl and they followed that up with a win at the 2001 GMAC Bowl.
Kelly also worked at Marshall from 1996-98, when the team was making the transition from I-AA to I-A. In 1996, the team won the Southern Conference en route to the Division I-AA National Championship. They won back-to-back Mid-American Conference Championships in 1996-97, reaching the Motor City Bowl in both years, and winning it the second time. His most successful season was in 1998 when Marshall's defense ranked 23rd nationally, including 16th in scoring defense, 14th against the pass and 25th against the run.
Kelly spent a year at Syracuse (1999), where he was the defensive backfield coach when the team won the Music City Bowl. It was his second stint with the Orange, as he was a graduate assistant/assistant linebackers coach from 1986-88, when the team won the 1987 Lambert Cup and reached the 1988 Sugar Bowl. Kelly's other Division I-A experience came at Tulane (1992-94), where he was the linebackers coach.
He also spent time at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, where he served as the offensive backfield coach and the linebackers coach. The Big Green won the 1991 Ivy League title. Kelly has also had coaching stints at Northeastern (1989-90), Bowdoin College (1998) and Southern Connecticut State University (1984-85).
A 1982 graduate of Springfield (Mass.) College, Kelly earned a B.S. in physical education and played football for three years as an undergraduate. He earned a master's degree in physical education from Southern Connecticut State in 1986.
His first coaching job was at Longmeadow High School in Massachusetts, where he was the defensive coordinator and defensive backfield coach in 1981.After graduating from Springfield in 1982, Kelly went to The Fieldston School, where he was the head coach for two years. He also served as a junior varsity basketball coach and the head track and field coach.
During Kelly's 20-plus years of experience in coaching at the collegiate level, he has recruited numerous players who have gone on to professional careers, including former Marshall quarterback (and Washington, D.C. native) Byron Leftwich, who played in the National Football League with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Kelly and his wife, Kathy, live in Washington, D.C. Their daughter, Alexandra, a Notre Dame graduate, married Michael Hoffmann in summer 2011. The Kelly's have two sons, Patrick, currently a student at Georgetown, who serves as a Student Assistant Football Coach, and Ryan, a student at Bowling Green State University.