Aaron Kelton

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Aaron Kelton
Sport(s) Football
Current position
Title Head coach
Team Shorter
Conference GSC
Record 0–11
Biographical details
Born c. 1974 (age 42–43)
Boston, Massachusetts
Playing career
1988–1991 Springfield (MA)
Position(s) Quarterback
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1992 Wellesley HS (MA)
1993–1996 Wayland HS (MA)
1997 MIT (assistant)
1998 Clarion (assistant)
1999–2000 Concord (DC)
2001 Virginia State (DB)
2002–2005 Virginia State (DC)
2006–2007 Columbia (DB)
2008–2009 Columbia (DC)
2010–2015 Williams
2016–present Shorter
Head coaching record
Overall 23–36
Accomplishments and honors
1 NESCAC (2010)

Aaron Kelton (born c. 1974) is an American college football coach. In 2016, he became the head coach for Shorter University.[1] In 2010, he became the first football coach in Williams College history to lead his team to a perfect record in his first season. Kelton previously held assistant coaching positions at Columbia University, Virginia State University, Concord University, and Clarion University of Pennsylvania.

Early life and assistant coach[edit]

A native of Boston, Kelton attended Wellesley High School, where he played football, baseball, and basketball.[2] He then attended Springfield College, from which he graduated in 1992 with a bachelor of science degree in psychology. While there, he earned a varsity letter in football all four years and spent two as the starting quarterback.[3] From 2006 to 2007, he served as the secondary coach at Columbia. He was then promoted to the position of defensive coordinator, which he remained for two seasons.[3]

Williams College[edit]

In May 2010, Williams College hired Kelton to replace Mike Whalen who resigned to return to his alma mater, Wesleyan University.[4] With the hiring, Kelton became the first black varsity head coach at Williams College and the seventh black head football coach at the NCAA Division III level.[5] In 2010, Kelton guided the Ephs to a perfect 8–0 record and the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) championship, and became the first Williams College football coach to go unbeaten in his debut season.[6] For the performance, he was named the 2010 NESCAC Coach of the Year.[7] Kelton resigned his position after the 2015 season after only going 1–5 against archrival Amherst College.[8]

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Williams Ephs (New England Small College Athletic Conference) (2010–2015)
2010 Williams 8–0 8–0 1st
2011 Williams 5–3 5–3 3rd
2012 Williams 4–4 4–4 6th
2013 Williams 2–6 2–6 8th
2014 Williams 2–6 2–6 T–7th
2015 Williams 2–6 2–6 T–6th
Williams: 23–25 23–25
Shorter Hawks (Gulf South Conference) (2016–present)
2016 Shorter 0–11 0–8 9th
Shorter: 0–11 0–8
Total: 23–36
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ Aaron Kelton, Columbia University, retrieved December 1, 2010.
  3. ^ a b Springfield College Grad Aaron Kelton '92 Named Head Football Coach at Williams Archived May 27, 2010, at the Wayback Machine., Springfield College, May 19, 2010.
  4. ^ Aaron Kelton named head football coach, Williams College, May 17, 2010.
  5. ^ Kelton’s work comes to a head, Boston Globe, September 25, 2010.
  6. ^ Ephs wrap up perfect season, Boston Globe, November 14, 2010.
  7. ^ NESCAC Players and Coaches of the Year, Williams College, retrieved December 3, 2010.
  8. ^ [2]

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