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Chip Kelly
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Personal information
Born: November 25 1963 (1963-11-25) (age 60)
Birthplace: Dover, New Hampshire
Assistant/Head Coach
Jersey #(s):
0 ft 0 in (0.00 m)
230 lb (104 kg)
Career information
Draft Information
As player:
Played for:
As coach:
Teams coached:

Columbia (DB/ST)
Columbia (OLB/SS)
New Hampshire (RB)
Johns Hopkins (DC)
New Hampshire (RB)
New Hampshire (OL)
New Hampshire (OC)
Oregon (OC)
Philadelphia Eagles
San Francisco 49ers

Coaching Stats
Record (W/L/T): 28-34 (NFL)
44-5 (NCAA)
Career Stats
Coaching stats Pro Football Reference
Career highlights
Awards and Honors
  • 2009 and 2010 Pac-10 Coach of the Year
  • 2010 Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year
  • 2010 Walter Camp Coach of the Year Award
  • 2010 Sporting News Coach of the Year
  • 2010 Associated Press (AP) Coach of the Year

Charles Edward "Chip" Kelly is an American football head coach. He was previously the head coach of the Oregon Ducks where he went 46-7 with a Rose Bowl and Fiesta Bowl win, and of both the Philadelphia Eagles (2013-2015) and San Francisco 49ers (2016) of the National Football League. During his four seasons at Oregon, he led the team to three Pac-12 Conference championships and four BCS game appearances.

Early life and education[]

Kelly is a native of New Hampshire, and attended Manchester Central High School[1] and earned his Bachelor of Science in physical education from the University of New Hampshire in 1990.[2] He played quarterback at Manchester Central and defensive back at the University of New Hampshire.[3]

Coaching career[]

Early coaching years[]

He broke into the coaching ranks in 1990 at Columbia University, where he served as secondary and special teams coach for the freshman team. The next year he was outside linebackers and strong safeties coach for the varsity team. In 1992 he went to the University of New Hampshire as the running backs coach. He left to become the defensive coordinator at Johns Hopkins University for one season. He returned to his alma mater as the running backs coach for the (1997


Kelly was promoted to offensive coordinator at Kansas State (1999–2006). The Wildcats' offenses averaged better than 400 yards per game of total offense in seven of his eight seasons[4] and more than 30 points per game in his final four seasons.

University of Oregon[]

Chip Kelly led Oregon football to new territory after taking over as head coach in 2009. He coached the University of Oregon to BCS games in each of his four seasons as head coach; the 2010 Rose Bowl, 2011 BCS National Championship Game, 2012 Rose Bowl, and 2013 Fiesta Bowl. He coached Oregon to three consecutive outright conference titles from 2009-2011 and a conference division title in 2012. Oregon won its second consecutive BCS bowl game after they defeated #5 Kansas State in the 2013 Fiesta Bowl.

He was named the 2009 and 2010 Pac-10 Coach of the Year, 2010 Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year, 2010 Walter Camp Coach of the Year, 2010 Sporting News Coach of the Year, and 2010 Associated Press Coach of the Year.

Offensive coordinator (2007–2008)[]

Kelly was hired as offensive coordinator at Oregon in February 2007.[5] His potent spread offense attack was an instant success at Oregon.

In his first season as offensive coordinator at Oregon, the Ducks led the Pac-10 in scoring (38.15 ppg) and total offense (467.54 ypg), and also became the highest scoring team while amassing the most yards in the history of Oregon football. Prior to Kelly's arrival at Oregon, Dennis Dixon struggled in his first three seasons at quarterback. Under Kelly's guidance, Dixon was the Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Year and emerged as a Heisman Trophy candidate.[6]

In 2008, the Ducks once again led the Pac-10 in scoring (41.9 ppg) and total offense (484.8 ypg), while breaking the school record marks set the previous season.

Head coach (2009–2012)[]

On March 31, 2009, Oregon announced that head coach Mike Bellotti would be promoted to athletic director; consequently, Kelly would be promoted as head coach.[7]


Kelly helped the Ducks gain national attention in 2009 after an upset of the then #5 USC Trojans on October 31.[8] Kelly became the first Pac-10 coach to win an outright conference championship in his first season, sending the Ducks to the Rose Bowl for the first time since 1995. Oregon also became the first Pac-10 team to win a conference title by two games since Washington accomplished the feat in 1991. On December 7, 2009 Kelly was named Pac-10 Coach of the year. He was the second Ducks coach to earn the honor, the other being Rich Brooks (two times).[9]


Prior to the 2010 season, Kelly suspended Jeremiah Masoli for the season after the quarterback pleaded guilty to second-degree burglary charges, marking the second year in a row that a key player was suspended.[10] Masoli was later dismissed from the team following an arrest for marijuana possession and several driving infractions.[11]

In early October, Kelly led the team to a #1 spot on the AP, Harris, and USA Today Coaches Poll, followed a few weeks later by a #1 BCS ranking.[12][13] With a 37–20 win over the Oregon State Beavers on December 4, 2010, Kelly led the Ducks to a 9–0 finish in conference play, winning their second consecutive outright Pac-10 title. With Darron Thomas at quarterback and Doak Walker Award winner LaMichael James at running back, the Ducks averaged 49.3 points and 537.5 yards per game in the regular season.

In December, following an undefeated 12–0 season and an end-of-season #2 BCS ranking, Oregon was selected to play the #1 Auburn Tigers in the BCS national championship game on January 10, 2011.[14] The Tigers, out of the Southeastern Conference, were coached by Gene Chizik, and had the Heisman Trophy winner at quarterback in Cam Newton. The Ducks lost, 22–19, on a last-second, 19-yard field goal by Wes Byrum.

In recognition of his coaching achievements, Kelly received the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year award, the Walter Camp Coach of the Year award and was named Pac-10 Coach of the Year for the second year running.[14][15] Kelly also won the AP Coach of the Year.[16]


The 2011 season began with the #3 Ducks facing the #4 LSU Tigers in the Cowboys Classic where they were defeated 40-27. Oregon won their next nine games, including a 53-30 victory at #3 Stanford.

A consecutive trip back to the BCS Championship game appeared to be a strong possibility, but they were defeated 38-35 by #18 USC when an Oregon field goal attempt failed as time expired.

The Ducks won their third straight Pac-12 championship title after defeating UCLA in the inaugural Pac-12 Football Championship Game. They represented the Pac-12 in the Rose Bowl and defeated #10 Wisconsin 45–38. It was their second Rose Bowl appearance in three years and their sixth overall. This was Oregon's third consecutive year in a BCS bowl game.

The Ducks finished the season 12–2 (8–1 Pac-12) with a #4 final season ranking.


Oregon's all-time leading rusher LaMichael James decided to forgo his senior season in 2012 for the NFL and starting quarterback Darron Thomas, with a career starting record of 23-3, surprisingly also decided to leave early for the NFL. However this did not stop Chip Kelly and his team from having arguably the best season in school history.

Led by redshirt freshman Marcus Mariota at quarterback and senior tailback Kenjon Barner, Oregon rolled to ten straight victories before finally falling to #14 Stanford in overtime 17-14 on November 17. Oregon had two opportunities to beat Stanford with a field goal but both attempts failed. Kelly's Ducks would rebound to beat #16 Oregon State in the Civil War for the fifth straight year and play #5 Kansas State in the Fiesta Bowl. The Ducks proved to be too much for Kansas State as they prevailed to a 35-17 victory in Oregon's fourth consecutive year in a BCS bowl game.

The Ducks finished the season 12–1 (8–1 Pac-12) with a #2 ranking, putting them in the top five of the final season rankings for the third straight season.


On April 16, 2013 the Oregonian reported that the University of Oregon has offered to put its football program on two years probation in response to NCAA violations that allegedly took place during Kelly's tenure as head coach.

Philadelphia Eagles[]

On January 16, 2013, Kelly, accepted the offer from Philadelphia and became the head coach of the Eagles, despite previously saying he would stay at Oregon.[17][18]


  1. Rob Moseley (July 19, 2009). A Beautiful Mind: Kelly’s innovations led him on the path to Oregon. The Register-Guard. Retrieved on October 1, 2010.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Chip Kelly Biography. Retrieved on August 3, 2009.
  4. Moseley, Rob. "Kelly’s innovations led him on the path to Oregon", 19 July 2009, p. C1. 
  5. Fennell, Jim. "Kelly rides the Oregon trail", 15 February 2007. 
  6. Expanded Heisman Trophy voting results - College football- NBC Sports
  7. Bellotti steps down as Ducks coach. Sports Illustrated (March 13, 2009).
  8. Tenth-ranked Ducks hand Trojans worst loss since '97. (October 31, 2009). Retrieved on October 31, 2009.
  9. Another OSU Awaits. (December 5, 2009). Retrieved on December 7, 2009.
  10. Oregon suspends quarterback Jeremiah Masoli for the 2010 season, Los Angeles Times, March 12, 2010
  11. Quarterback Masoli dismissed. (June 9, 2010). Retrieved on December 6, 2010.
  12. 2010 NCAA Football Rankings – Week 8. Retrieved on October 17, 2010.
  13. Oregon vaults over Auburn in BCS, ESPN, October 31, 2010
  14. 14.0 14.1 Moseley, Rob. "Oregon football: Chip Kelly receives Robinson Award as coach of the year", December 6, 2010. Retrieved on December 6, 2010. 
  15. Pac-10 Football Awards and All-Conference Team Announced. (December 7, 2010). Retrieved on December 7, 2010.
  16. "Oregon's Chip Kelly voted top coach",, 21 December 2010. Retrieved on 13 January 2011. 
  17. "Eagles hire Chip Kelly as coach",, January 16, 2013. Retrieved on January 16, 2013. 
  18. Chip Kelly leaves Oregon to coach Philadelphia Eagles - NFL -

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