Mike Kelly (Canadian football)

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Mike Kelly
Date of birth: (1958-02-11) February 11, 1958 (age 56)
Place of birth: Waterbury, Connecticut
Career information
Position(s): HC
College: Bluffton College
High school: Muncie Northside
As administrator:
Philadelphia Eagles (Advance scout)
Washington Redskins*

*Pro Personnel Assistant
As coach:
Ridgedale High School (RB/S)
Edinboro University (WR coach)
Marietta College (RB coach)
Ohio Wesleyan University (OC)
Capital University (OC)
San Francisco State (Associate HC)
Winnipeg Blue Bombers (OC)
Valdosta State University (HC)
Orlando Rage (OC)
Philadelphia Eagles*
Edmonton Eskimos (WR coach)
Winnipeg Blue Bombers**

*Offensive asst./quality control coach
**HC/OC/QB coach
Career highlights and awards
Records: coordinated the offense that accounted for 798 yards in a single game against the Edmonton Eskimos including 713 yards passing a CFL record set in 1994.

Mike Kelly (born February 11, 1958)became the Head Football Coach at Widener University in Chester, PA in March of 2014 after serving as Vice President of Football Operations for ProSource Sports in 2012-13 and a former professional football coach who most notably served as head coach of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League and collegiately at Valdosta State University. Kelly has made more than a good first impression in his initial campaign. He has won his first 10 games as head coach, the longest such winning and unbeaten streaks in school history. The previous unbeaten run was held by Dutch Sommer, who went 5-0-2 during his only season in 1913. Kelly was tabbed in November, 2014 as the Middle Atlantic Conference Coach of the Year as the Widener Pride finished the season ranked 10th in the country and was given an automatic bid and home field advantage in the NCAA Championship Play-Offs.

Playing career[edit]

Kelly graduated Muncie Northside High School in 1976, where as a senior he set a school record for passes attempted and completed in a single season. In 1996 Kelly was inducted into the Delaware County, Indiana Athletic Hall of Fame.

Kelly played quarterback for Bluffton College from 1976 to 1979 and earned his bachelor's degree in health, physical education and recreation.

When he graduated, Kelly ranked third in career completions (95), fourth in career attempts (242) and fifth in career passing yardage (1,028). He was just the sixth player in BC history to pass for over 1,000 yards and Bluffton College Hall of Fame inductee. He later earned a master's degree in education at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. In 2002, Kelly was inducted into the Bluffton College Hall of Fame.

Coaching and teaching career[edit]

Kelly was the offensive play-caller with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers between 1992 and 1996, as part of the teams that captured three regular season division titles and appeared in the Grey Cup twice. Kelly's offence set 29 club records during his tenure in Winnipeg, including Matt Dunigan's record 713 yards passing in a game.

Kelly was the head coach at Valdosta State University from 1997 to 1999. In his three seasons there, Kelly coached 23 players to all-conference honours and had two players earn All-American status and four more recruited players later achieving All-American status. His VSU teams set 13 school records during Kelly's tenure.

In 2000, Kelly added the XFL to his coaching resume, where he worked as the offensive coordinator for the Orlando Rage. The Rage went a league best 8-2 during that season, winning the Eastern Division. Kelly's offence led the league in red zone scoring percentage, with quarterback Jeff Brohm named First-Team All-XFL.

Kelly became a professor of sports management at Drexel University in Philadelphia instructing both undergraduate and graduate courses in coaching and leadership. In 2006–07, Kelly was recognized by Drexel with the "Make a Difference Award" for outstanding mentoring and teaching.

Kelly spent five years in the National Football League working as an advanced pro scout for the Washington Redskins and Philadelphia Eagles where he also was an offensive assistant/quality control. During his time with the Eagles, while working alongside head coach Andy Reid, the club won two NFC East championships, while Kelly also coached in the 2003 Pro Bowl.

In 2008 Kelly was the receivers coach for the Edmonton Eskimos. Quarterback Ricky Ray had a personal best 5,600 yards passing while slot receivers Kamau Peterson caught over 100 passes and was named Most Outstanding Canadian Player and Kelly Campbell led the CFL averaging 23.7 yards per reception.

Kelly served as the head coach of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in 2009. The team saw five players leave the team to sign with the National Football League in the option year of their Canadian Football League contract while four other import players were invited to private try-outs with NFL clubs. Kelly also coordinated the offense for half of the season, in which the team went 7-11 missing a home play-off birth by a single game.

A Blue Bomber record was set during his tenure when Fred Reid rushed for 260 yards against the BC Lions surpassing Blaise Bryant's old record of 249 yards in a single game set in 1994 against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in Kelly's first tenure with the Blue Bombers. The Bombers as a team ran for 393 yards in that game against the BC Lions in 2009.

Head coaching record[edit]


Team Year Regular Season Post Season
Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Result
WPG 2009 7 11 0 .389 3rd, East - - Missed Playoffs
Total 7 11 0 .389 0 Division
- - 0 Grey Cups


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