Brian Kelly (American football coach)

Brian Keith Kelly (born October 25, 1961) is an American football coach who is currently the head football coach at Louisiana State University (LSU).

Kelly previously served as the head football coach at Grand Valley State University (1991–2003), Central Michigan University (2004–2006), the University of Cincinnati (2006–2009), and the University of Notre Dame (2010–2021).

He led the Grand Valley State Lakers to consecutive NCAA Division II Football Championships in 2002 and 2003.

Kelly's 2012 Notre Dame team reached the 2013 BCS National Championship Game, while his 2018 and 2020 teams made appearances in the College Football Playoff (CFP).

Coaching career Grand Valley State Kelly joined the Grand Valley State University staff in 1987 as a graduate assistant and defensive backs coach for Tom Beck and became the defensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator in 1989. 

Kelly took over as head coach in 1991.

In his final three seasons the Lakers went 41–2, at one point winning 20 consecutive games.

The Lakers went 14–0 in 2002 en route to their first national title and went 14–1 in 2003 when they claimed their second National Championship.

Kelly was named the AFCA Division II Coach of the Year after each of these championship years.

In his 13 years as head coach at Grand Valley State, the Lakers won five conference titles and made six Division II Playoff appearances.

Only in 1999 did Grand Valley State finish lower than third in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletics Conference under Kelly.

The 2001 team set 77 NCAA, GLIAC, and school records, including setting the all-time Division II scoring record, averaging 58.4 points per game.

His record in 13 years at Grand Valley State was 118–35–2.

2021 season In Kelly’s 11th season, the Fighting Irish were ranked in the top 10 after a playoff appearance in 2020. 

However, they struggled in their first two games, beating Florida State 41-38 and Toledo 32-29 before winning over Purdue 27–13 and 18th-ranked Wisconsin 41–13.

After finishing the regular season with eleven wins and one loss, Kelly resigned from his position at Notre Dame in order to become the head coach of the LSU Tigers football team.

Kelly finished his tenure at Notre Dame with a 92–39 record.

LSU On November 30, 2021, Kelly was named the 33rd head coach at Louisiana State University (LSU), replacing Ed Orgeron.

Kelly cited "wanting to be with the best" and "the commitment to excellence, rich traditions, and unrivaled pride and passion of LSU Football" for the move.

His contract also more than triples his previous salary, from his 2021 salary of $2.67 million to $9 million in 2022.

Personal life Kelly and his wife, Paqui, have three children. Paqui, after surviving breast cancer, went on to start the Kelly Cares Foundation.