Mike Kelly (Canadian football)

Mike Kelly (Canadian football)
Mike Kelly
Date of birth: February 11, 1958 (1958-02-11) (age 53)
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**

*Offensve asst./quality control coach
**HC/OC/QB coach
Career highlights and awards

2003 Pro Bowl

Honors: 1989 Outstanding Young Man of America
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) served as the head coach of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in 2009 rebuilding a roster that resulted in five players signing with the National Football League in the option year of their Canadian Football League contract. Kelly coordinated the offense for half of his only season resulting in another Blue Bomber record when Fred Reid rushed for 260 yards against the B.C. 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 B.C. Lions in 2009.

Kelly, a former Blue Bombers offensive coordinator, came to Winnipeg with close to 30 years of coaching experience. Kelly was the offensive play-caller with the 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.

In 2008 Kelly was the receivers coach for the Edmonton Eskimos. Prior to that, the Waterbury, CT native was a professor of sports management at Drexel University in Philadelphia instructing both undergraduate and graduate courses in coaching and leadership. In 2006-2007 Kelly was recognized by Drexel University as he was awarded a 'Make a Difference Award' for outstanding mentoring and teaching.

Kelly has five years of NFL experience 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 one of the NFL's great coaches Andy Reid, the club won two Eastern Division Championships, while Kelly also coached in the 2003 Pro Bowl.

In 2000, Kelly added the XFL to his extensive 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 QB Jeff Brohm named First-Team All-XFL.

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

Kelly played quarterback at Bluffton College (OH), and earned his bachelor's degree in health, physical education and recreation. He later earned a master's degree in education at Edinboro (PA). In 2002, Kelly was honoured by his alma mater, and inducted into the Bluffton College Hall of Fame. In 1996 Kelly was inducted into the Delaware County (IN) Athletic Hall of Fame as a 1976 graduate of Muncie Northside High School where as a senior he set a school record for passes attempted and completed in a single season.


Playing career

Kelly played quarterback for Bluffton College (Ohio) from 1978 to 1980. 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.

CFL coaching record

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

Coaching career

Years Position Team
2009 Head coach/Offensive coordinator/Quarterbacks coach Winnipeg Blue Bombers
2008-2009 Receivers coach Edmonton Eskimos
2006–2007 Professor, Sports Management Drexel University
2006–2007 Consultant NFL Films
2003–2005 Pro Personnel Assistant Washington Redskins
2002 Offensive assistant/quality control coach Philadelphia Eagles
2001 Advance scout Philadelphia Eagles
2001 Offensive coordinator Orlando Rage (XFL)
1997–1999 Head coach Valdosta State University
1992–1996 Offensive coordinator Winnipeg Blue Bombers
1990–1991 Associate head coach San Francisco State University
1987–1989 Offensive coordinator Capital University
1986 Offensive coordinator Ohio Wesleyan University
1983-1985 Running backs coach Marietta College
1982 Receivers coach Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
1980-1981 Running backs and secondary coach Ridgedale High School (Morral, Ohio)


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