Ed Kelly

Edmond Kelly, also known as "Ed" or "Eddie" and nicknamed the Silver Fox, was (born October 24, 1948 in Dublin, Ireland) and is an Irish-American former soccer player. He played in the American Soccer League and one season in the North American Soccer League and earned two caps with the U.S. national team. He now coaches the Boston College men’s soccer team.

Ed Kelly
Personal information
Full name Edmond Kelly
Date of birth (1948-10-24) October 24, 1948
Place of birth Dublin, Republic of Ireland
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1975 Hartford Bicentennials 17 (1)
1976 Utah Golden Spikers
Rhode Island Oceaneers
1979 New Jersey Americans
National team
1974 United States 2 (0)
Teams managed
Rhode Island Oceaneers (assistant)
1979 New Jersey Americans (assistant)
1980–1984 Fairleigh Dickinson University (assistant)
1985–1987 Seton Hall
1988 New Jersey Eagles
1988– Boston College
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only


Kelly grew up in Ireland. In 1969, he joined the United States Air Force, serving until 1973. He is married to high school sweetheart, Ann and they have three children: Jessica, Lauren, and Luke. He loves Indian food.



Kelly played professionally for eight years. In 1975, he played a single season with the Hartford Bicentennials in the North American Soccer League. In 1976, he played for the Utah Golden Spikers of the American Soccer League.[1] In 1979, he signed with the New Jersey Americans.[2]

National team

Kelly earned two caps with the United States men's national soccer team in August 1975 at the Mexico City Cup. His first game was a 6–0 loss to Argentia on August 21. His second was a 2–0 loss to Mexico on August 24.[3]


Kelly served as an assistant coach with both the Rhode Island Oceaneers and New Jersey Americans while he played for them. After retiring from playing professionally, Kelly became an assistant coach at Fairleigh Dickinson University. In 1985, Seton Hall hired Kelly as its men’s soccer coach. In his three years at Seton Hall, his team compiled a 40–13–3 record and Coach Kelly was named the 1986 NJSCA Division I Coach of the Year. In 1987, Kelly left Seton Hall to become head coach of the New Jersey Eagles of the newly established American Soccer League. Kelly led the Eagles to a 15–5 record, top in the league. However, the team fell to the Washington Diplomats in the first round of the playoffs. In 1988, following the loss, Kelly left the Eagles to succeed Ben Brewster as head coach at Boston College, where he remains today. Kelly is 183–149–35 during his tenure at the Heights. His 183 wins at Boston College rank him first on BC's all-time list. Kelly has a USSF National "A" Coaching License. He has compiled a career record of 223–162–41.[4]

Kelly also coaches youth soccer as the Boys Coordinator of New England Futbol Club.


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