Football's Matt Kelly Elevated to Offensive Coordinator

Matt Kelly (Credit: Johnny McLellan)
Matt Kelly (Credit: Johnny McLellan)

WORCESTER – WPI head coach football coach Chris Robertson has announced the promotion of Matt Kelly to offensive coordinator.  Kelly replaces Neil Hitchen as a full-time member of Robertson's staff.

Kelly enters his fourth year with Engineers, beginning as the wide receiver coach and also serving as passing game coordinator a season ago.  The wide receiving group boasted an All-Liberty League performer every season, including a three-time selection. Last season saw Brandon Eccher turn in a top 10 campaign and complete his career as one of the Engineers top 10 all-time receivers. In 2016 the squad's offensive efficiency topped the Liberty League while the passing game also ranked second in the league.

"Matt has been with our program over the past three seasons," remarked Robertson.  "During this time, we have seen tremendous growth in the offense in every facet and it has been a direct correlation to winning games over that time. Matt has focused on the perimeter and the pass-game over the past several seasons and now has an opportunity to continue to grow as one of the best young minds in college football today."

Prior to joining the Engineers staff, Kelly earned college coaching experience at all three NCAA levels.  In 2013 he served as the defensive backs coach at Division II Pace.  Prior to that, he spent the season at Division I Rhode Island as an assistant defensive coach and the 2011 season at his alma mater as the running game coordinator, offensive line coach and academic coordinator. 

"I am very gracious to Coach Chris Robertson and Dana Harmon our Athletic Director for the opportunity, to continue to work with the highly motivated and hard-working student-athletes here at WPI," stated Kelly, "I will continue to inspire and be inspired by the exceptional young men that are what makes this program."

Kelly graduated from Anna Maria where he was a two-year starter for the AMCATS as a wide receiver.

"Matt's loyalty to myself and the Engineer Football Program has been tremendous, continued Robertson.  "He has proven to be a tireless and effective recruiter.  Lastly, Matt's relationships with our coaches and players is positive and our program will continue to grow as an offense under his direction."

The Engineers begin the 2017 campaign at home against Anna Maria at 7:30pm on Friday, September 1st.