Michael Kelly Named Head Track & Field/Cross Country Coach at Campbell University
BUIES CREEK, N.C. - Michael Kelly has been named head track & field/cross country coach at Campbell University, Director of Athletics Bob Roller announced Wednesday.
Kelly joined the Campbell athletics staff last January as assistant coach, overseeing the distance program and has served as interim head coach since Norbert Elliott accepted a position at Purdue University earlier this summer.
"Michael has done an excellent job as our interim head track coach, and we were very impressed with his enthusiasm and his plan for the entire Campbell track and field program," said Roller. "He has already made tremendous strides as the head of our cross country program for the past year and we look forward to the entire program making itself known in the Big South Conference this year."
Since coming to Buies Creek, Kelly has been involved in a track program that produced 10 all-conference award winners. Campbell athletes set three school records and 28 personal records during the 2012 campaign while making more than 15 improvements to the school's all-time top-10 list.
"I am so excited and thankful for the opportunity to lead the Campbell Track and Field/Cross Country program, I truly feel blessed," said Kelly. "I want to thank our Athletic Director, Bob Roller, as well the administration for believing in me and giving me this opportunity. I really feel we will have one of the best all-around Track and Field/Cross Country teams in Campbell history, and I am looking forward to turning some heads with our success this fall and spring as well as in years to come."
During Kelly's first season, Campbell's men broke school records in the indoor mile (Chris Schulist) and distance medley relay (DeLohnni Nicol Samuel, Andre Perez, Eric Baldwin, Schulist). Morgan Timiney also set a school mark in the outdoor 3000 meter steeplechase. The distance medley relay team finished second at the Big South indoor championship, while Jayshawn Campbell took second in the conference indoor 400 meters and Schulist runner-up in the indoor mile. Schulist was also named to the Big South All-Academic Team.
Kelly served as a volunteer assistant coach at the University of Georgia from 2010-11, aiding the cross country and distance programs. During Kelly's time in Athens, the Bulldogs received their first at-large NCAA Cross Country Championships bid in seven years in 2011, while several athletes earned All-American honors during the track & field season.
He also served as an assistant at Mercer from the fall of 2008 until spring 2010, assisting the Bears distance squad during cross country and the spring track seasons. Kelly began his coaching career on the high school level as an assistant at Mandarin High School in his hometown of Jacksonville, Fla.
Kelly graduated from the University of Florida in 2002 and is certified as a Level II USATF coach.