DURHAM, N.H.-- Chip Kelly, the associate head coach and offensive coordinator at the Univeristy of New Hampshire, was listed among 10 I-AA coaches named to American Football Monthly's "Hot Coaches List," it was announced in the August edition of the magazine.
The magazine said of Kelly: "The Wildcats averaged close to 400 yards per game in every season he's coordinated the offense and transformed from a run-oriented attack into the top passing team in I-AA football."
Kelly joined some distinguished I-A company on the listing. Also honored were the likes of Rich Rodriguez, the head coach at West Virginia, and Mike Haywood, the offensive coordinator at Notre Dame.
Now in his 14th season at New Hampshire, Kelly has served as offensive coordinator of the Wildcats since 1999, directing one of the most explosive offenses in the nation. Last season, UNH set a Conference record with 74 touchdowns and ranked second nationally in total offense (493.0 ypg.) and third in scoring (41.7 ppg.). Under Kelly, who also serves as quarterbacks coach, the Wildcats had three players earn All-America distinction in 2005 in tight end Jonathan Williams, wide receiver David Ball and quarterback Ricky Santos, the 2005 Atlantic 10 Offensive Player of the Year. Both Ball and Santos were finalists for the Walter Payton Award, with Santos finishing second in the voting. Kelly has also coached several NFL player including: Jerry Azumah, Dan Kreider, Jason Ball, Randal Williams and Jonathan Williams. He also coached to outstanding CFL receivers in Shaun Diner and Kamau Peterson.