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 Ed Kelly
Ed  Kelly
Head Coach

At Boston College:
28th Season


Men's Soccer Freshman Class Ranked 46th

College Soccer News recognizes new Eagles


Men's Soccer Hosts Virginia Tech Sunday

Eagles-Hokies kick off at 1 p.m.


Men's Soccer Faces #14 Clemson Friday Night

Match will be televised on NESN


Men's Soccer Hosts Duke Friday Night

Eagles-Blue Devils kickoff at 7 p.m.


Men's Soccer Hosts #12 North Carolina Saturday

Eagles take on Tar Heels at 7 p.m. in Newton

  • Enters his 31st season as a head coach and 28th year (1988 - present) as head coach of Boston College; spent three years (1985-1987) at Seton Hall
  • Has compiled a career record of 291-213-60; is 251-200-54 during his tenure at the Heights
  • His 251 wins at Boston College rank him first on BC’s all-time list
  • Was inducted into the New England Soccer Hall of Fame in November 2009
  • Has guided the Eagles to 11 NCAA Tournament appearances, including six straight and 10 since the year 2000 - (1990, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012)
  • The Eagles have been seeded in the NCAA Tournament four times since 2002; they were seeded fifth in 2002, 15th in 2004, first in 2007 and fourth in 2011
  • Secured the 2007 Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season title - the school's first ACC Championship since Boston College officially became the 12th member of the conference in July of 2005 - with a 3-1 home win over Virginia Tech on Nov. 9; finished 7-1-0 in league matches
  • Captured the 2007 Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament title with a 2-1 victory over Wake Forest in Cary, N.C., on Nov. 19
  • Earned 2007 Atlantic Coast Conference Coach of the Year honors
  • Earned Big East Coach of the Year three times - in 1989, 1990 and 2000
  • Received Big East Coaching Staff of the Year in 2002 - Ed Kelly, Ian Hennessy and Dusan Obsajsnik
  • Has earned National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Regional Coach of the Year honors four times; earned New England honors in 2000 and 2002 and South Atlantic recognition in 2007 and 2011
  • Earned 2002 Soccer America National Coach of the Year honors; guided the Eagles to a berth in the NCAA Tournament's "Elite Eight"
  • Captured five Big East Tournament Championships - two as head coach of Seton Hall (1986, 1987), and three as head coach of Boston College (1990, 2000, 2002)
  • Won three Big East Tournament Championships over a five-year period - two with Seton Hall (1986, 1987), and one with Boston College (1990)
  • Has coached seven NSCAA All-Americans, including three 2007 All-America honorees - Reuben Ayarna, Alejandro Bedoya and Sherron Manswell
  • Has coached two Atlantic Coast Conference Offensive Player of the Year recipients - Charlie Davies (2006) and Alejandro Bedoya (2007)
  • Earned his 100th collegiate victory with Boston College's 2-1 win at Hartford on Saturday, September 17, 1994
  • Earned his 200th win on October 12, 2005 with a 1-0 overtime win over Yale
  • Assumed head coaching duties at Boston College in 1988
  • Established a program-best 18 wins in 2002
  • Assumed the head post at Seton Hall in 1985
  • Posted a 40-13-6 record in his three-year tenure
  • In his first year at Seton Hall, guided the Pirates to an 8-7-1 mark, the school's first winning season in 11 years.
  • Led Seton Hall to two Big East regular-season and tournament titles in three years
  • Led Seton Hall to two NCAA Tournament berths in three years
  • Established a program-best 18 wins in 1986
  • Earned NJSCA Division I Coach of the Year Honors in 1986
  • Served as assistant coach at Fairleigh Dickinson University from 1980-84
  • Helped guide the Knights to three NCAA Tournament selections
  • In 1983, FDU won the most games in the country (21) and advanced to final eight of the NCAA Tournament

  • Competed professionally for eight years
  • Selected to represent the United States five times in international play
  • Played in the American Soccer League and North American Soccer League

  • Born October 24, 1948 in Dublin, Ireland
  • Served four years in the United States Air Force (1969-73)
  • Ed and his wife Ann have three children - Jessica, Lauren and Luke; all three are Boston College graduates.
  • The Kelly's reside in Holliston, Mass.

  • Pat O'Kelly, M, Seton Hall - First Team - 1988, 1989
  • Pat Hughes, M, Seton Hall - Second Team - 1986
  • Ian Hennessy, F, Seton Hall - Third Team - 1987
  • Paul Keegan, F/M, Boston College - Second Team - 1993, 1995
  • Chris Hamblin, GK, Boston College - First Team - 2000
  • Guy Melamed, B, Boston College - Third Team - 2002; Second Team - 2004
  • Charlie Davies, F, Boston College - First Team - 2006
  • Reuben Ayarna, M, Boston College - First Team - 2007
  • Alejandro Bedoya, M, Boston College - First Team - 2007; Second Team - 2008
  • Sherron Manswell, F, Boston College - Third Team - 2007

  • Ed Kelly was inducted into the New England Soccer Hall of Fame in November 2009

  • Ed Kelly has guided four Boston College players - Reuben Ayarna, Alejandro Bedoya, Charlie Davies and Sherron Manswell - to NSCAA/adidas All-America honors in the last seven seasons.

  • Ed Kelly has led his teams to six conference tournament titles -- five in Big East Tournament play and one in ACC Tournament action. He guided Seton Hall to two Big East Tournament titles (1986 and 1987) in his three years as head coach of the Pirates, led BC to three Big East Tournament crowns (1990, 2000 and 2002) and guided the Eagles to the 2007 Atlantic Coast Conference tournament title.

  • Charlie Davies, who currently competes for the New England Revolution, starred on the BC field from 2004-06, earning Big East Rookie of the Year honors as a freshman and finishing as the runner-up for the Missouri Athletic Club’s Hermann Trophy, recognizing the top player in collegiate soccer as a junior. He has 17 career caps and four goals for the U.S. Men’s National Team since 2007.

  • Another former Eagle, Alejandro Bedoya, stormed onto the national scene in the summer of 2011 and was a fixture for the United States Men’s National Team in the 2014 FIFA World Cup. He played in all four matches and earned three starts in the midfield. Bedoya has 42 career caps and signed a three-year contract with FC Nantes of the French Ligue 1 in August 2013.


SchoolYearRecordConference TitleNCAA Tournament Appearance
At Seton Hall
198618-2-2Big East Tournament ChampionsNCAA Tournament First Round
198714-4-3Big East Tournament ChampionsNCAA Tournament Second Round
Seton Hall Totals: 40-13-6 (.755 in three years)
At Boston College
199014-5-2Big East Tournament ChampionsNCAA Tournament First Round
200012-7-1Big East Tournament ChampionsNCAA Tournament First Round
200110-8-0NCAA Tournament First Round
200218-5-0Big East Tournament ChampionsNCAA Tournament "Elite Eight"
200413-5-2NCAA Tournament "Sweet 16"
200715-5-1Atlantic Coast Conference Regular-Season Champions
Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament Champions
NCAA Tournament Second Round
200810-8-3NCAA Tournament Second Round
200914-9-0NCAA Tournament Third Round
201010-5-5NCAA Tournament First Round
201114-6-1NCAA Tournament Second Round
20128-6-5NCAA Tournament First Round
Boston College Totals: 251-200-54 (.550 in 27 years)
Career Totals: 291-213-60 (.569 in 30 years)

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