March 11, 2014

Kelly Settling In As New Widener Football Head Coach

"I’m so excited to be here in Chester and particularly at Widener University,” Kelly says.
PHILADELPHIA  – Widener University has enjoyed a lot of success in recent years in college football. The Division III Pride went to the national quarterfinals two years ago and last season put together a solid 6-4 campaign. However, head coach Isaac Collins left after that deep post-season run in 2012 and his replacement, Bobby Acosta, moved on after the 2013 season. So despite the success, there hasn’t been much continuity with the head coaching position with the Pride. Mike Kelly plans to put an end to that.

Kelly, who has coached at all different levels including college, the NFL, the CFL and the now defunct XFL, was hired recently to take over the Widener program. And he says he’s ready to set up shop in Chester.

“This is my last job,” Kelly tells KYW Newsradio. “This is where I’m staying. They’re going to have to have a Viking funeral for me down the Ridley Creek out there. I’ve been through this as a player. I signed with one coach (in college at Bluffton University in Ohio) who resigned to go to the University of Dayton before I even got on campus, had a coach that I didn’t even really know, he got fired after three years, so going into my senior year I had a new coach. And I left that new coach wishing that I had more time to play for him. I’m hoping that that’s the situation here. So there is experience to draw on here.”

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