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David Kelly Named To Duke Football Coaching Staff

By Art Chase
Posted Friday, January 9, 2004

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DURHAM, N.C. -- David Kelly, the associate head coach at Stanford the past two seasons, has joined the Duke football coaching staff as announced on Friday by Blue Devil head coach Ted Roof. Roof and Kelly served together on the coaching staff at Georgia Tech in 2000 and 2001.

In his two seasons at Georgia Tech, Kelly coached the wide receivers and helped the Yellow Jackets to a record of 17-8 and consecutive berths in the Peach and Seattle Bowls. He mentored Kelly Campbell, who finished his career as Georgia Tech's all-time leader in pass receptions (195), receiving yards (2,907) and touchdown receptions (24). The school's only three-time All-ACC selection, Campbell recently completed his second season (25 rec., 522 yards, 4 TDs) with the NFL's Minnesota Vikings.

Kelly got his start in coaching as a graduate assistant coach at Furman in 1979-80, with the Paladins posting a 9-1-1 overall mark in 1980 while winning the Southern Conference title. He then served as an assistant coach at Dunwoody (Ga.) High School for three seasons (1981-83) before taking over the head coaching slot for 10 years (1984-93). Kelly amassed a 10-year overall record of 80-36-1 including one state championship (1993) and three regional titles. In 1993, he led Dunwoody to a perfect 15-0 ledger, the state crown and a final national ranking of number three from USA Today, and was named Georgia's coach of the year by the State of Georgia Hall of Fame, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association.

The Union, S.C., native then moved back into the college ranks in 1994, joining the staff at Georgia for two seasons as the running backs coach. While with the Bulldogs, Kelly coached the likes of Robert Edwards, Hines Ward, Terrell Davis and Larry Bowie while helping Georgia to the 1995 Peach Bowl.

Kelly then served four years on the staff at Louisiana State, aiding the Tigers' run to a pair of bowl games (Peach in 1996 & Independence in 1997) while tutoring wide receiver Josh Reed, who just completed his second season (58 rec., 588 yards, 2 TDs) with the Buffalo Bills, and tight end David LeFleur, a first round draft choice of the Dallas Cowboys in 1997.

Kelly, born December 29, 1956, graduated from Furman in 1979 with a bachelor of arts degree in education. He earned four letters as a member of the Paladin football squad, playing wide receiver, running back and cornerback during his tenure. During his senior season, Furman went 8-3 and captured the Southern Conference championship. He went on to earn a master's degree in education from Furman in 1981. Kelly and his wife, Belinda, have one daughter, Brittany, who was born July 6, 1996.

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