New Hampshire football promotes Kelly to associate head coach

DURHAM, N.H. -- University of New Hampshire football head coach Sean McDonnell announced Monday that offensive coordinator Chip Kelly has been promoted to associate head coach.

"Chip has done an outstanding job not only as an offensive coordinator but also as a recruiting coordinator here at UNH," McDonnell said. "His record speaks for itself and is directly related to the offensive success the team has had in recent years. This is a natural progression that he's been named associate head coach."

Kelly, who will retain his position as offensive coordinator, is entering his 10th season as a Wildcat assistant. He is in his second stint at New Hampshire, which began in the summer of 1994 as a mentor to the running backs. He also worked as offensive line coach before a promotion to offensive coordinator in 1999.

"I am excited about the opportunity to continue contributing to the Wildcat football team," Kelly said. "I am really looking forward to the upcoming season."

In his first year as offensive coordinator at UNH, the 'Cats broke the school record for total offense with 5,030 yards. In 2001, the team ranked ninth in the nation in total yards (4,991) with the second-highest mark in school history. Under Kelly's guidance last year, running back Stephan Lewis finished third in the nation in all-purpose yards and was nominated for the Walter Payton Award, which is presented annually to the most outstanding Division I-AA football player.

Prior to his first coaching stint at UNH, Kelly served two seasons as an assistant coach at Columbia University (1990-91). He coached the Lion freshman defensive backs and varsity outside linebackers. Kelly joined the Wildcat staff in 1992 as running backs coach, then spent 1993 at Johns Hopkins as defensive coordinator before returning to Durham.

At UNH, Kelly played quarterback, receiver and defensive back under head coach Bill Bowes. He earned his degree in 1990.

New Hampshire begins camp August 4 when the freshman report to camp. Media day is set for Aug. 7.

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