Alva Kelley

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Alva Kelley
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born (1918-06-16)June 16, 1918
Died August 21, 1999(1999-08-21) (aged 81)
Playing career
1938–1940 Cornell
Position(s) End
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1946–1949 Cornell (assistant)
1950 Yale (line)
1951–1958 Brown
1959–1961 Colgate
1963–1970 Hobart
Head coaching record
Overall 60–98–5

Alva E. Kelley (June 16, 1918 – August 21, 1999) was an American football player and coach. He served as the head football coach at Brown University (1951–1958), Colgate University (1959–1961), and Hobart College (1963–1970), compiling a career college football record of 60–98–5.

Kelley graduated from Cornell University in 1941 after playing three seasons of football under Carl Snavely and fellow fraternity brother George K. James, including the 1939 undefeated national championship season. He was a member of Sphinx Head, the Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity, and through the latter organization, the Irving Literary Society. He was assistant coach at Cornell from 1946 to 1949, before becoming head coach at Brown University and then Colgate. He was inducted into the Cornell Athletic Hall of Fame in 1980.

Kelley was the 27th head football coach for the Colgate University Raiders located in the Village of Hamilton in Madison County, New York and he held that position for three seasons, from 1959 until 1961. His overall coaching record at Colgate was 9 wins, 18 losses, and 0 ties. This ranks him 12th at Colgate in terms of total wins and 27th at Colgate in terms of winning percentage.[1]

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Brown Bears (NCAA Independent) (1951–1955)
1951 Brown 2–7
1952 Brown 2–7
1953 Brown 3–5–1
1954 Brown 6–2–1
1955 Brown 2–7
Brown Bears (Ivy League) (1956–1958)
1956 Brown 5–4 3–4 5th
1957 Brown 5–4 3–4 T–4th
1958 Brown 6–3 4–3 T–4th
Brown: 31–39–2 10–11
Colgate Raiders (NCAA Independent) (1959–1961)
1959 Colgate 2–7
1960 Colgate 2–7
1961 Colgate 5–4
Colgate: 9–18
Hobart Statesmen () (1963–1970)
1963 Hobart 4–3–1
1964 Hobart 3–4–1
1965 Hobart 4–4
1966 Hobart 3–5
1967 Hobart 0–7–1
1968 Hobart 3–5
1969 Hobart 3–5
1970 Hobart 0–8
Hobart: 20–41–3
Total: 60–98–5

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