Charles Kelly

Graduating class of 1981



At Central, "Chip" played safety and quarterback on the football team; he also competed in hockey and track. In his senior year, he was captain of the football and track teams which won State championships. The hockey squad also won a State title that year. At the University of New Hampshire, he played football while studying for a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education. "Chip” began his coaching career in 1990 as the secondary and special teams coach for the freshman squad at Columbia University. A year later, he was elevated to the varsity staff to coach outside linebackers and strong safeties. In 1992, he joined the UNH staff as an assistant coach. In 1993, he left the Durham campus to spend a season as defensive coordinator at John Hopkins University before returning to UNH a year later. Overall in his tenure at UNH, "Chip' coached the running backs for four years and was offensive line coach for two seasons prior to serving as offensive coordinator from 1999-2006. In 2007, he headed to a similar post at the University of Oregon. In March of 2009, he was promoted to Head Coach. At Oregon, the innovative “Chip' crafted a fast paced spread offense. His quick thrust style, which emphasizes the ground game, is designed to wear down opposing defenders until it becomes as difficult for them to catch their breath as it is for them to catch Oregon's Swift and elusive running backs. Using "Chip’s” football version of the "fast break” last season, the Oregon Ducks created a "splash” on the gridiron. In his head coaching debut, Oregon compiled a 10-3 record and lost to Ohio State in the Rose Bowl. Last year, they achieved an undefeated regular campaign and won the Pacific 10 title for the second consecutive year. Their only loss was to the Auburn Tigers by three points in the national collegiate championship game. His team's overall performance earned "Chip” the Associated Press Coach of the Year Award as well as five other Coach of the Year awards in national polls. His extraordinary achievements have earned him induction into the Central High School Hall of Fame. If his coaching career continues to flourish, he is certain to be a future candidate for the National Hall of Fame reserved for highly-successful college football coaches.