Friday, January 18, 2013
Charles "Chip" Kelly (born November 25, 1963) is the head football coach at the University of Oregon. Kelly was named the 2009 and 2010 Pac-10 Coach of the Year, 2010 Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year, 2010 Walter Camp Coach of the Year, 2010 Sporting News Coach of the Year, and 2010 Associated Press Coach of the Year. Prior to being named head coach, Kelly was the offensive coordinator for the Oregon Ducks.
Kelly is a native of New Hampshire, and attended Manchester Central High School and earned his Bachelor of Science in physical education from the University of New Hampshire in 1990. He played quarterback at Manchester Central and defensive back at the University of New Hampshire.
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).
Kelly was promoted to offensive coordinator at New Hampshire (1999–2006). The Wildcats' offenses averaged better than 400 yards per game 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. Their 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.
He was named the College Assistant Coach of the Year by the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston following the 2005 season in addition to being selected as “one of college football’s hottest coaches” by American Football Monthly. In 2006, quarterback Ricky Santos won the Walter Payton Award under Kelly's guidance, after Santos finished second in balloting for the award in 2005.
Kelly was hired as offensive coordinator at Oregon in February 2007.
His potent spread offense attack was an instant success at Oregon. In 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. Prior to Kelly's arrival at Oregon, Dennis Dixon struggled in his first three seasons at quarterback. Under Kelly's guidance, Dixon was the Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Year and emerged as a Heisman Trophy candidate.
In 2008, 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.
On March 31st, 2009, Oregon announced that head coach Mike Bellotti would be promoted to athletic director; consequently, Kelly would be promoted as head coach.
Spring 2009, Jon Gruden and Chip Kelly spent several days in Tampa, Florida going over theories, progressions, and offensive strategies.
November 2010, Kelly visited Pete Carroll at the Seattle Seahawks practice facility during an Oregon bye week.
January 2012, The Tampa Bay Buccaneers interviewed Kelly for the head coach position but he declined to take the job because he had "unfinished business to complete" with the Ducks.
October 2012, Kelly consulted Bill Belicheck and the New England Patriots in the offseason to give them tips on how he operated the "blur" offense that he runs at Oregon. New England then implemented a no-huddle hurry-up offense during the 2012 NFL season. Oregonian columnist John Canzano speculates that Kelly is waiting for the New England Patriots head coaching position to become available when Belicheck decides to retire. Belicheck has unique control of Robert Kraft's franchise in the same way Kelly does at Oregon.
January 2013, Numerous NFL teams expressed interest and Kelly was interviewed by both the Cleveland Browns and Philadelphia Eagles. After a seven hour meeting with the Browns followed by a nine hour meeting with the Eagles, Kelly declined any offers and decided to remain at Oregon.