Here’s a brief biography about new Oregon Ducks football head coach Chip Kelly. It includes information about his coaching career and a prediction of how his Ducks will perform after being destroyed by Boise State in the first game of the 2009 season. (Some biographical data was obtained from the www.wikipedia.org page about Chip Kelly.)
Full Name: Chip Kelly.
Birthplace: Manchester, New Hampshire.
Birth date: 11-25-63.
Education: Kelly obtained his B.S. degree in Physical Education from the University of New Hampshire in 1990.
Current position: Head football coach at the University of Oregon.
Career Record: Heading into 2009, Chip Kelly had no previous head coaching experience in division I-A football.
Current Conference: PAC-10.
Claim to fame: Chip Kelly is well-known in college football circles as an innovative offensive mind. His modifications of the classic West Coast offense helped to create the “Spread” offense that is widely used in the game at all levels today. These modifications have given quarterbacks more passing and running options to choose from while also limiting the risk of turnovers.
Awards: Kelly was named the 2005 Assistant Coach of the Year by the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston.
Personal: Kelly obtained his B.S. degree in Physical Education from the University of New Hampshire in 1990.
Previous coaching experience: Before taking over for Mike Belloti in March of 2009, Kelly was the Ducks’ offensive coordinator from 2007-2008. In those two seasons, the Ducks were tops in the PAC-10 in points per game and in total offense per game, breaking school records in those categories in the process. Before arriving in Oregon, Kelly spent 15 seasons on the coaching staff at his alma mater New Hampshire. During that time span, Kelly was the Wildcats’ running backs’ and offensive line coach for six seasons before taking over as the team’s offensive coordinator in 1999. From 1999-2006, the Wildcats averaged over 400 yards of total offense per game in seven of the eight seasons Kelly ran the offense. Additionally, Wildcats’ quarterback Ricky Santos won the 2006 Walter Payton award that is annually given to the best offensive player in division I-AA. Kelly is widely credited for Santos’ development that led to that award.
Before coaching at New Hampshire the second time around , Chip Kelly had previous coaching stops at Columbia (1990-1991), New Hampshire for one season (1992), and Johns Hopkins University in 1993.
After running back LeGarrete Blount was suspended after his fight with Boise State defensive end Byron Hout, the Ducks’ season could go down the tubes unless Chip Kelly finds a way to regroup his shaken team. To do this, he is going to have to go back to basics with this club and remind them to take things one game at a time. I’m not so sure that Kelly will succeed in doing this because he has not demonstrated he can handle adversity well as a leader of a football team. As a result, if he gets this team to a bowl game, he ought to really be considered for National Coach of the Year honors because it’s going to take one very special coaching performance from Kelly to regroup his team after being embarrassed both on and off the field against Boise State. Unfortunately, I don’t see Kelly doing this because his team is very young and unproven. As a result, I think the Ducks will win 4-5 games at the most this year.
Additional online source used:
“Oregon Ducks suspend LeGarrette Blount for remainder of season.” ESPN’s College Football News. Published September 5th, 2009. Retrieved online September 6th, 2009 from sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/.