Caldwell Sprint Football Head Coach Jim Kelly Announces Retirement

Led Cougars to Consecutive 5-2 Seasons in Six-Year Stint at the CU helm
By: Caldwell University
Coach Jim Kelly (credit: Miguel Gonzalez)
Coach Jim Kelly (credit: Miguel Gonzalez)
CALDWELL, N.J. - Dec. 8, 2023 - PRLog -- Caldwell University Head Sprint Football Coach Jim Kelly announced his retirement today after leading the Cougars for six years. Kelly, whose tenure included back-to-back 5-2 seasons and Collegiate Sprint Football League (CSFL) North Division second place finishes, coached numerous All-League honorees, All-Academic Team members and National Football Foundation Hampshire Honor Society recipients. He also served as an athletic department administrator during his time at Caldwell.

"Coach Kelly has meant everything to the sprint football program after taking it over in just its second year in 2018," said Mark A. Corino, Caldwell University Assistant Vice President/Director of Athletics. "He has had much success on the field, helping establish Caldwell as one of the CSFL's top programs, but more importantly Coach Kelly has been a great leader of student-athletes. We are greatly appreciative of all he and his staff have done for the Department and the University and wish him, his wife Mary Ann and their children the best."

Kelly had a record of 14-20 overall and 8-11 in North Division contests while at the helm. In the last three years, CU has gone 12-8 (.600).

Prior to joining Caldwell before the program's second year, Kelly had over 30 years of coaching experience, including eight seasons as an assistant coach at Montclair State University. Kelly served as the head varsity coach at Queen of Peace High School in 2015, and earlier was part of the coaching staff at Montclair State from 2005-12.

A thorough national search for his replacement will begin immediately. The Cougars compete in the CSFL, which began play in 1934. Caldwell completed its seventh year of sprint football in 2023.

About Caldwell University

Caldwell University is a four-year Catholic university in the Dominican tradition, founded in 1939 by the Sisters of St. Dominic of Caldwell, New Jersey, voted one of the most beautiful downtown communities in New Jersey and the state's #1 Small College Town. Caldwell is one of the most affordable private universities in New Jersey and was named a Regional Best Value School by U.S. News & World Report for 2023.

About Caldwell University Athletics

Caldwell Athletics (@CaldwellCougars) sponsors 14 sports at the NCAA Division II level, including: baseball, women's and men's basketball, bowling, women's and men's cross country, women's and men's lacrosse, women's and men's soccer, softball, women's and men's track and field, and volleyball; plus acrobatics & tumbling, sprint football and esports. The Department is committed to providing a quality academic and athletic experience in order to meet the diverse needs of its student-athletes.

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