Mike Kelly

For more than three decades, Mike Kelly has coached Canadian Football League (CFL), the XFL, and National Football League (NFL) teams, as well as high school and college players. Over the course of his career, he has guided the Capital University Crusaders to the NCAA Championship Play-offs, the Philadelphia Eagles, the Edmonton Eskimos, and the XFL's Orlando Rage, but is perhaps best known for leading the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. In the early 1990s, Mike Kelly spent several years as the Offensive Play-Caller for the Blue Bombers. During this period, his offense set 29 records, including a passing record, won three regular season division titles, and made it to the Grey Cup twice. Kelly returned to the club in 2009 as its Head Coach. On the management side, he was required to make final decisions on personnel transactions, roster moves, and staff employment. At the end of the season, Kelly’s Blue Bombers came in third in the Eastern division and set a rushing record against the BC Lions. At other points in his career, Mike Kelly provided color commentary to NFL Films and a Winnipeg broadcast station, analyzed game tapes for the New York Giants, and taught Sports Management at Drexel University in Philadelphia. During his three years at Drexel University, he educated students on topics such as Principles of Coaching; Recreation, Wellness and Society; Gender Equity and Women in Sport; and Leadership in Sport and Society. Along with advising the Sports Management Majors Club, he sat on the institution's Faculty Athletics Advisory Committee and its Goodwin College of Professional Studies Curriculum Committee. Upon completion of the 2006-2007 school year, Mike Kelly won the Make a Difference Award in honor of his mentoring and teaching.