Date of Birth
University of Dayton (1981-2007)
With numerous championships and Coach of the Year awards to his credit, Mike Kelly became the winningest coach in Football Championship Subdivision history winning nearly 82 percent of his games. With 27 years and a 246-54-1 all-time record at Dayton, Kelly placed among the top 20 for coaches across all divisions in both wins and winning percentage. Kelly began his coaching career in 1981 with a 12-1 mark and District Coach of the Year honors. The Flyers placed second in the nation in Division III that year, finishing as the runner-up again in 1987 and 1991. In 1989, UD went 13-0-1 taking a national title. Four years later, Dayton moved to I-AA (FBS) status joining the Pioneer League. In 15 seasons in the conference, he won ten titles taking home the league's Coach of the Year award six times. Kelly shares the distinction with College Football Hall of Fame coaches Tom Osborne, Joe Paterno and Barry Switzer as the first coaches to reach the 150-win mark by their 16th season. Kelly coached 56 first-team All-America players, 94 first-team All-Conference performers and 44 Academic All-Americas.
Class of 2011