Dec. 18, 2000
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Boston College's Ed Kelly was named NSCAA/adidas Division I New England Men's Soccer Coach of the Year, the organization announced. The 12-year head coach at the Heights received the award after turning around his program this season.
In 2000, after being picked ninth in the Preseason BIG EAST Coaches' Poll, Kelly guided the team to a 12-7-1 overall record and a 7-3-1 league mark, a third-place BIG EAST regular-season finish, homefield advantage in the league playoffs and a BIG EAST tournament title. He also directed the team to its first NCAA tournament appearance since 1990. In 1999, the Eagles managed only a 2-9 record in BIG EAST play and a 6-9-2 overall record. He was honored with the BIG EAST's Coach of the Year for his work. It was his third such honor, all while at Boston College.
The Eagles' 12-7-1 record marked the team's first winning season since 1995. The team's 17 goals -against this season is also the second-lowest total in any of Kelly's previous 12 years at Boston College.
Kelly brought the team back to the BIG EAST tournament for the first time since 1997, when the eighth-seeded Eagles fell to top-seeded St. John's on the opening round, 1-0, in overtime. This season, Boston College defeated Georgetown, 2-1, in overtime to advance to the league semifinals for the first time since 1995.
This season, several of Kelly's players received regional and national recognition for their play. Goalkeeper Chris Hamblin was named a NSCAA first team All-American, while he joined Casey Schmidt on the New England regional All-America first team. Back Kevin Boyd was a second team regional selection. Hamblin was named BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Year, while Schmidt was named BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year. Both were named to the first team All-BIG EAST. Boyd was a second team honoree, while Kirt Dorsett was an All-Rookie selection.
The Holliston, Mass. resident has an overall career record of 148-116-29 at two schools and a 108-103-24 mark with the Eagles.