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Aug. 6, 2012
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Director and Head Coach of Track and Field/Cross Country Beth Alford-Sullivan has announced the hiring of Kevin Kelly, who has signed on at Penn State after enjoying a highly successful 11-year coaching stint at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.
Kelly will serve as an assistant coach for the Nittany Lions, covering men's horizontal and vertical jumps, as well as overseeing the men's multi-event athletes, and men's and women's pole vaulters. Prior to his departure from New Brunswick, he was overseeing the efforts of all the Scarlet Knight's field event athletes.
"We're honored to have Kevin Kelly join coaching staff as he brings a wealth of experience in east coast recruiting and competitiveness," said Sullivan. "His resume speaks for itself, as he is a first class coach, educator, and team player. We're excited be starting the new year with Kevin at the helm of the men's jumps."
Kelly arrived at Rutgers in 2001, helping the Scarlet Knights to outstanding success in the Big East Conference, including three conference team titles. Individually, Kelly has guided 19 Big East Champions, as well as 45 All-Big East performers. In 2004, his athletes swept the top three spots in the decathlon at the Big East Outdoor Championships. Over his career, Kelly has led six athletes to the NCAA Championships.
"I am extremely excited to be joining the men's and women's track and field program at Penn State University," said Kelly. "Coach Alford-Sullivan has continued to build a highly respected and nationally recognized program for both its athletic and academic achievements. I am looking forward to recruiting and working with the student-athletes to achieve our collective goals in the classroom and on the track."
Kelly, who was elevated to "Associate Head Coach" status for the Scarlet Knights in 2008, has undoubtedly made a mark on the Rutgers' record books, as Kelly-coached athletes currently own eight school records. Off the track, Kelly maintained the role of the Scarlet Knights' Recruiting Coordinator, while also serving as the men's track and field coaching staff liaison to Academic Support.
An outstanding athlete in his own right, Kelly was a three-time All-American in the decathlon while competing at Kutztown University, earning runner-up honors at the 1998 NCAA Outdoor Championships. In 1998, Kelly, who still owns Kutztown school records in the decathlon and 110-met hurdles, was named Pennsylvania State Athlete Conference (PSAC) Athlete of the Year. He is also a Kutztown Hall of Fame inductee, and a member of the Golden Bears' "Top 30 Athletes of the 20th Century." Kelly earned his B.A in Political Science in 1999.
Prior to Rutgers, Kelly spent several seasons at Lehigh University, coaching all Mountain Hawk throwers. He is married to Maisha Kelly, who is a Senior Associate Director of Athletics and Senior Woman Administrator at Bucknell University.