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Northwest Coach Profiles: Chip Kelly

College Football: Chip Kelly

Off the gridiron Chip Kelly is a regular guy who loves surfing and hangin’ out. After a long day at the office, Kelly likes to unwind in front of his TV, but on the field, the visor clad warrior is a different animal all together. While players complain about his rough exterior and poker face, they respect the man behind it.

Chip Kelly
Born: November 25, 1963
Place of birth: Manchester, New Hampshire
Position: DB/ST, OLB/SS, RB, DC, OL, OC, HC
Overall Coaching Record: 34-6
Bowl Record: 1-2

Early Years

Chip Kelly has come a long way during his short coaching career. and it all started at Columbia University for the 48-year old. He coached all over the place during his two-year tenure for the Lions.

His areas were defensive backs and special teams in his first year, and then it got a little more specialized as he took on the outside linebacker and strong safety coaching roles.

He then moved on to his alma mater for a brief one year stint, but would later return after just one year away to coach the John Hopkins’ defense.

His time with his alma mater is definitely what set him up for his position now, as it was at New Hampshire that he made the switch to the offensive side of the ball.

Eventually, in 1999 he was given the offensive coordinator position, and his offense’s performances still hold the bulk of the records for the Wildcats.

On to Oregon

In 1997, Kelly was hired away from his alma mater to assume the same position for the Oregon Ducks.

Chip Kelly, Oregon Ducks

Northwest Coach Profiles: Chip Kelly

The move paid instant dividends and in his two years at this position, his often tricky offenses have led the PAC 10 in offense, and in points scored. Each season broke both of those records.

Then in March of 2009, he was named the head coach replacing Mike Bellotti who was promoted to the athletic director position.

His tenure got off to a rocky start with the LeGarrette Blount incident, but he shook that off to become the first PAC-10 coach to win an outright conference championship in his first year.

Things have only gotten better since then. His second year at the helm was yet another conference championship.

Only this time he led them all the way to the BCS title game only to come up just short in the end. However, he was still named the AP Coach of the Year in 2010.

If not for a missed field goal late in the game against USC, he may have led Oregon to back-to-back BCS Title game appearances.

Nevertheless, in Kelly style, he lead the Ducks to a win in the inaugural PAC-12 conference championship game en route to a Rose Bowl victory.

Kelly, has quickly become one of the top offensive minds in the game today, and has brought attention back to the PAC-12.

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