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David Kelly

Player Profile
Assoc. Head Coach/Off. Coordinator/WR

David Kelly, who was named Stanford's Associate Head Coach and Wide Receivers Coach on January 22, 2002, will take over as the team's offensive coordinator for the 2003 season.

A native of Union, South Carolina, Kelly has earned a reputation as one the top coaches and recruiters in college football. He brings with him over 20 years of coaching experience.

Prior to his arrival at Stanford, Kelly was the wide receivers coach under George O'Leary at Georgia Tech for two seasons (2000-01). He and fellow Cardinal coach Peter McCarty were both members of the Yellow Jacket's staff when Georgia Tech beat Stanford 24-14 in the 2001 Seattle Bowl.

Kelly's career includes 13 years on the high school level, 10 as a head coach, and 10 on the NCAA Division I level at such national powers as Georgia, LSU and Georgia Tech. He has coached 14 players who have gone on to the National Football League.

While at Georgia Tech, Kelly put together one of the finest receiving corps in the Atlantic Coast Conference. One of his pupils, Kelly Campbell, broke all of Tech's career receiving records and was named All-ACC on three occasions. In 2001, Kelly's receiving corps helped the Yellow Jackets lead the ACC in passing. Two of Kelly's receivers had more than 50 receptions during the season while two others had more than 40. The Yellow Jacket receiving corps was recognized as one of the best in college football in 2001.

Prior to joining the Tech staff, Kelly coached tight ends and wide receivers at LSU for four years (1996-99). Two of Kelly's top pupils at LSU included wide receiver Josh Reed and tight end David LaFleur, who was a first round draft pick by the Dallas Cowboys in 1997.

After a 13-year career at Dunwoody High School (1981-93) in suburban Atlanta, Kelly was named running backs coach at Georgia in 1994. In two seasons with the Bulldogs, Kelly tutored future NFL greats Terrell Davis, Robert Edwards and Hines Ward and Larry Bowie.

Kelly was an assistant coach at Dunwoody HS from '81-83 before taking over the head coaching reigns from '84-93. He was named the state high school Coach of the Year by the State of Georgia Hall of Fame, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association after leading his 1993 team to a perfect 15-0 record, the Georgia AAAA state championship and a final national ranking of No. 3 by USA Today. During his 10-year run as the head coach, Kelly compiled a record of 80-36-1, which included the '93 state title and three regional championships.

Dunwoody's top running back, Rod Perrymond, was named the Georgia AAAA Offensive Player of the Year and its top defensive lineman, Travis Stroud, was named the National Defensive Player of the Year. He also coached Harris Barton, a future first round NFL Draft pick, while at Dunwoody.

Kelly began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at his alma mater, Furman, in 1979-80. He earned a bachelor's degree in 1979 in education and a master's in education in 1981. He was a four-year letterwinner at Furman.

Kelly and his wife, Belinda, have one daughter: Brittany,

Coaching Assignments

  • 1979-80 Furman - Graduate Assistant
  • 1981-83 Dunwoody (Ga.) HS - Assistant Coach
  • 1984-93 Dunwoody (Ga.) HS - Head Coach
  • 1994-95 Georgia - Running Backs
  • 1996-99 LSU - Wide Receivers / Tight Ends
  • 2000-01 Georgia Tech - Wide Receivers
  • 2002 Stanford - Wide Receivers, Assoc. Head Coach

Bowl Experience

  • 1995 Peach Bowl - Georgia
  • 1996 Peach Bowl - LSU
  • 1997 Independence Bowl - LSU
  • 2000 Peach Bowl - Georgia Tech
  • 2001 Seattle Bowl - Georgia Tech

Prominent Players Coached

  • Harris Barton, OL, Dunwoody High School
  • Robert Edwards, RB, Georgia
  • Hines Ward, RB, Georgia
  • Terrell Davis, RB, Georgia
  • Larry Bowie, RB, Georgia
  • David LaFleur, TE, LSU
  • Josh Reid, WR, LSU
  • Kelly Campbell, WR, Georgia Tech
  • Teyo Johnson, WR, Stanford
  • Ryan Wells, WR, Stanford

The Kelly File

  • Full Name: David Ross Kelly
  • Hometown: Union, South Carolina
  • High School: Union
  • College: Furman, 1979
  • (B.A., Education)
  • Graduate Degree: Furman, 1981 (M.A., Education)
  • Wife: Belinda
  • Children: Brittany
  • Playing Experience: WR, RB, CB, Furman, 1975-78
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