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Charles "Chip" Kelly
Title Head coach
College University of Oregon
Sport Football
Conference Pac-10
Born November 25, 1963 (1963-11-25) (age 46)
Place of birth Manchester, New Hampshire
Career highlights
Overall 10–3 (.769)
2009 Pac-10
2005 College Assistant Coach of the Year - Gridiron Club of Greater Boston
2009 Pac-10 Coach of the Year
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Columbia (DB/ST)
Columbia (OLB/SS)
New Hampshire (RB)
Johns Hopkins (DC)
New Hampshire (RB)
New Hampshire (OL)
New Hampshire (OC)
Oregon (OC)

Chip Kelly (born November 25, 1963 in Manchester, New Hampshire) is the head football coach at the University of Oregon. Sometimes regarded as one of the most innovative offensive minds in college football today,[1][2] he was previously the offensive coordinator for the Ducks.


Coaching career


Early coaching years

He broke into the coaching ranks in 1990 at Columbia University, where he served as secondary and special teams coach for the freshman team. The next year he was outside linebackers and strong safeties coach for the varsity team. In 1992 he went to the University of New Hampshire as the running backs coach. He left to become the defensive coordinator at Johns Hopkins University for one season. He returned to his alma mater as the running backs coach for the next 3 seasons (1994–96). He changed to the offensive line coach for two seasons (1997–98).[3]

Kelly was promoted to offensive coordinator at New Hampshire (1999–2006). The Wildcats' offenses averaged better than 400 yards of total offense in seven of his eight seasons and more than 30 points per game in his final four seasons.

In 2004, the school broke 29 offensive school records; compiling 5,446 yards of total offense and scoring 40 or more points in seven games. The best offensive output was in 2005 when the Wildcats finished second nationally in total offense (493.5 ypg), third in scoring (41.7 ppg) and fifth in passing (300.1 ypg). They completed the season with an 11–2 record. Kelly was named the College Assistant Coach of the Year by the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston and selected as "one of college football's hottest coaches" by American Football Monthly.

University of Oregon

Offensive coordinator at Oregon

Kelly's potent spread offense attack was an instant success at Oregon. Under his direction in 2007, his first season at Oregon, the Ducks led the Pac-10 in scoring (38.15 ppg) and total offense (467.54 ypg), and also became the highest scoring team while amassing the most yards in the history of Oregon football.

The Ducks once again led the Pac-10 in scoring (41.9 ppg) and total offense (484.8 ypg), while breaking the school record marks set the previous season.

Head coach at Oregon

It was announced on March 13, 2009 that former University of Oregon head coach Mike Bellotti would be resigning, with Kelly taking over on March 30.[4]

Kelly gained national acclaim for responding to a season ticket holder's letter demanding a refund for his expenses after traveling to see Oregon's 19–8 loss to Boise State, which ended with Ducks running back LeGarrette Blount responding to a Bronco player's taunts by punching him in the face. Kelly replied to the man with a personal check written out for his travel costs (exactly $439): in response, the fan wrote him a thank-you note enclosing the original check, which he did not cash and made copies to frame.[5]

Kelly helped the Ducks gain national attention in 2009 after an upset of the then #5 USC Trojans on October 31.[6] This "dismantling" of the USC Trojans was seen as changing widely held perceptions by the press about the USC football program.[7]

On December 3, 2009, Kelly became the first Pac-10 coach to win an outright conference championship in his first season, sending the Ducks to the Rose Bowl for the first time since 1995. Oregon also became the first Pac-10 team to win a conference title by two games since Washington accomplished the feat in 1991. On December 7, 2009 Kelly was named Pac-10 Coach of the year. He is the second Ducks coach to earn the honor, the other being Rich Brooks (2 times).[8]

On March 12, 2010, Kelly suspended Jeremiah Masoli for the 2010 season after the quarterback pleaded guilty to second-degree burglary charges, marking the second year in a row that a key player was suspended.[9]


Kelly is a native of Manchester, New Hampshire, attended Trinity High School and earned his B.Sc. in physical education from University of New Hampshire in 1990.[3]

Head coaching record

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl Coaches# AP°
Oregon Ducks (Pac-10) (2009–Present)
2009 Oregon 10–3 8–1 1st L Rose 11 11
Oregon: 10–3 8–1
Total: 10–3
      National Championship         Conference Title         Conference Division Title
Indicates BCS bowl game. #Rankings from final Coaches Poll.


  1. ^ Smith, Jeff (November 29, 2008). "'Mastermind' directs UO show: Offensive coordinator Chip Kelly has Ducks firing on all cylinders". Retrieved March 14, 2009. 
  2. ^ Feldman, Bruce (August 4, 2008). "Secret might soon be out on Oregon offensive mind Chip Kelly". Retrieved March 14, 2009. 
  3. ^ a b "Chip Kelly Biography". Retrieved August 3, 2009. 
  4. ^ "Bellotti steps down as Ducks coach". Sports Illustrated. March 13, 2009. 
  5. ^ "Kelly replies to invoice with $439 refund". September 23, 2009. Retrieved September 23, 2009. 
  6. ^ "Tenth-ranked Ducks hand Trojans worst loss since '97". October 31, 2009. Retrieved October 31, 2009. 
  7. ^ "Oregon Ducks make a statement, but how high can they fly". November 1, 2009. Retrieved November 2, 2009. 
  8. ^ ""Another OSU Awaits"". December 5, 2009. Retrieved December 7, 2009. 
  9. ^ Oregon suspends quarterback Jeremiah Masoli for the 2010 season, Los Angeles Times, March 12, 2010

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