How Chip Kelly Rebuilt His Coaching Career




Who is Chip Kelly?

American Football coach Charles Edward ‘Chip’ Kelly was born in Dover, New Hampshire, USA, on November 25, 1963, making Sagittarius his zodiac sign. He is today the head coach of the University of California, Los Angeles’ Bruins got recognition when he coached the University of Oregon’s Ducks from 2009 to 2012, leading them to four consecutive Bowl Championship Series (BCS) finals, winning the 2011 BCS National Championship Game. This success led Chip to coach in the National Football League (NFL) for four years.

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Education and early life

Chip grew up in Dover alongside his brother Kevin Kelly, by their father Paul and mother Jean; Not many details have been revealed about Chip’s family as he respects their privacy while his brother is believed to be into sports as well.

Chip studied at Manchester Central High School and was mainly involved in sports; he was on his school’s basketball and ice hockey teams and also enjoyed playing football and baseball with his peers.

He registered in 1982, and then found work to support herself financially; it was in 1986 that he chose to enroll at the University of New Hampshire, graduating in 1990 with a Bachelor of Science degree in physical education. Chip played football during his four years in college, mostly in the defensive position.

Chip began his coaching career right out of college when he was hired to work as a coach for secondary and special teams at Columbia University.

In 1991, he was promoted to the Columbia varsity team coach and outside linebackers coach, and the following year became the running backs coach at the University of New Hampshire, where he stayed for only a year, when he joined Johns Hopkins University in 1993 as their defensive coordinator. He returned to New Hampshire after a year and coached their running backs in 1994, ’95 and ’96, while spending the 1997 and ’98 seasons as their offensive line coach.

From 1999 through 2006, Chip served as the New Hampshire Wildcats offensive coordinator, and in 2004 they broke 29 school offensive records, while their best season was 2005, when the Wildcats finished fifth nationally in passing, third in scoring, and second in total offense, while winning 11 of their 13 games. That year, “American Football Monthly” magazine named Chip one of “college football’s hottest coaches,” while the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston named him College Assistant Coach of the Year.

He joined the Oregon Ducks in 2007 and became their head coach in 2010, and they reached the Rose Bowl the same year; Chip was their head coach for four seasons, leading them to BCS games in each of these: the 2011 BCS National Championship Game, the 2012 Rose Bowl, and the 2013 Fiesta Bowl. He gained a lot of attention after not losing a single game in those four seasons from ‘the Ducks most hated rivals’ the Washington Huskies and the Oregon State Beavers. Chip won numerous accolades in 2010 when he was named Associated Press Coach of the Year, American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Coach of the Year, and Sporting News Coach of the Year.

It was on January 16, 2013, that Chip became the head coach of the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles; the team had finished the 2012 season 4-12, and then the Eagles led by Chip had a 10-6 record in the 2013 season, winning the NFC Eastern Division Championship. The Eagles finished the 2014 season with the same 10-6 record.

Chip was fired by the Eagles on December 29, 2015, but signed with the NFL’s San Francisco 49ers on January 14, 2016; he was their head coach for the 2016 season and lost 13 games in a row, so he was fired after the end of the season.

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He began working for ESPN on May 26, 2017 as their studio analyst and has served as the head football coach at the University of California, Los Angeles since November 25, 2017. Chip and the Los Angeles Bruins had a rough 2018 season, winning only three of their 12 games, not recovering until 2022, winning their first five games of the season; Chip subsequently signed a two-year extension to the contract, which runs until 2027.

Private life

Chip does not speak about his personal life in interviews, but it is known that he was married to American non-celebrity Jennifer Jenkins from 1992 to 1999, and they have no children together. It is widely believed that it was Jennifer wanting children that led to their divorce as Chip preferred to focus on his career, but this has not been confirmed.

Chip hasn’t mentioned any other women he may have been with seems unattached was married to Jennifer Jenkins since April 2023 and has no children.

Interesting facts and hobbies

Two books have been published about Chip, both written by Mark Saltvelt: the first “Lessons from America’s Most Innovative Coach Chip Kelly” was published in 2013 and the second “Controlled Chaos: Chip Kelly’s Football Revolution” in 2015.

In 2009, a fan of the Oregon Ducks wrote a letter to the team, demanding that he be refunded $439 he spent traveling to their game, which they lost to the Boise State Broncos 19-8; the game ended when Ducks player LeGarrette Blount punched a Broncos player for taunting him. Chip sent a personal check to the fan, who then returned it and thanked Chip for his response, stating that he copied the check and wanted to hang it on his wall.

Chip is a fan of the famous American actor Robert Downey Jr. Some of his favorite movies are ‘The Judge’, ‘Due Date’ and ‘Zodiac’.

Height, eyes and wealth

Chip is 59 years old. He has brown eyes and gray hair, is 1.83 m tall and weighs about 100 kg.

Chip’s ability Estimated at over $25 million, as of April 2023.