Chip Kelly

Coaching Record

Years Coached Record Win % Playoff record Playoff win %
4 28-35-0 44.44% 0-1 0.00%

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Kevin O'Connell


Career Summary

Chip Kelly was a football coach in the National Football League (NFL) from 2013 to 2016, finishing his career as the head coach of the San Francisco 49ers. Over his four years of coaching his teams compiled a cumulative win/loss record of 29-35-0. During his career he was a head coach for four seasons, first with the Philadelphia Eagles. He led the Eagles for three seasons, compiling a record of 27-21-0. He was fired from the Eagles on Tuesday, December 29, 2015. His next head coaching stint was with the San Francisco 49ers for the 2016 season, leading the team to a 2-14-0 record. He was fired from the 49ers on Sunday, January 1, 2017. During his entire head coaching career, his two teams combined for a record of 29-35-0 across four seasons including going 0-1-0 in the playoffs.

Chip Kelly Coaching Tree

One assistant coach from his coaching staffs, Kevin O'Connell, was eventually hired as a head coach. He is the current head coach of the Minnesota Vikings. After coaching with Chip Kelly he has posted a 20-14-0 record during the regular season and 0-1 in the playoffs as head coach.

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Playing Career

In his early days of football, Chip Kelly was the quarterback for his high school, Manchester Central in New Hampshire. After graduating and heading off to the University of New Hampshire to earn his Bachelor of Science degree, he also played as a defensive back for their college team.

Coaching Career

College Career

Columbia University

In 1990 he was picked up to coach for Columbia University as their freshman team’s Secondary and Special Teams coach. The very next season he was promoted to the Outside Linebackers/Strong Safeties coach for the varsity team.

University of New Hampshire

In 1992, he returned to his former college to coach their running backs for one season. The season wasn't very successful, as their 5-5-1 season was the fewest victories in over a decade.

Johns Hopkins University

Johns Hopkins hired on Kelly as their defensive coordinator in 1993 where he stayed for only a single season. During his time at John Hopkins, his football analytics really started taking upon meeting Head Coach Bob Babb. During his time with Babb the two would watch videos and clips of other teams and compile the statistics of their tendencies.

University of New Hampshire

After losing Kelly to Johns Hopkins – New Hampshire decided to get him back in 1994 to be their running backs coach once again. He coached running backs for three seasons before moving to the Offensive Line. After those two final years as a positions coach, New Hampshire moved him up to become their offensive coordinator – where he remained from 1999 all the way to 2006. Thanks to his coaching strategies and his all-around offensive aptitude, the school broke 29 offensive school records, compiling 5,446 yards of total offense, and scoring 40 or more points in seven games in 2004. In 2005 the team completed the season with an 11-2 record and earned him the College Assistant Coach of the Year by the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston. In 2006, thanks in part to the guidance Kelly gave him, Ricky Santos won the Walter Peyton Award after coming in second place for it in 2005.

University of Oregon

From 2007 through the 2008 season, Kelly moved on to work as the offensive coordinator for the University of Oregon. During his time as offensive coordinator he applied his spread offense strategy and instantly became a success for the school. Thanks to his tactics the team became the highest scoring team while gaining the most yards in Oregon State history. Under his guidance Dennis Dixon went from a struggling quarterback to a Heisman Trophy candidate as well as the Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Year. In 2008 the team broke the records they had set the previous season, and earned him the head coaching position for the 2009 season with the retirement of head coach Mike Bellotti.

During his first year as head coach he became the first ever Pac-10 coach to win a conference championship in his first season. Thanks to his prowess, in 2009 he was named Pac-10 Coach of the Year, being the second Ducks coach to receive the honor. In 2012 he led the team to a 9–0 finish in conference play, their second Pac-10 title. He kept this position until 2012, when he got his first job coaching in the NFL.

NFL Career

Philadelphia Eagles

On January 16th of 2013, Kelly made his first ever appearance in the NFL thanks to a 5 year $32.5 million dollar contract for the head coach’s position for the Philadelphia Eagles. While Howie Roseman ran the drafts, it was still Kelly’s say that picked the players for the 53 man roster.

Kelly then managed to turn the previous years 4-12 and turned it into a 10-6 record for both 2013 and 2014 respectively, while also winning the NFC Eastern Division Championship in his first year. Because of his outstanding performance in the 2013 season, he was also awarded the 2013 Maxwell Club Coach of the Year. In the midst of his first losing season as a head coach and before the end of his third season as an NFL head coach, Kelly was fired by the Eagles.

San Francisco 49ers

Chip Kelly was hired by the San Francisco 49ers for the 2016 season as the team's new head coach.


Year Position Record Playoff record
2020 UCLA Bruins Head Coach 3-4-0
2019 UCLA Bruins Head Coach 4-8-0
2018 UCLA Bruins Head Coach 3-9-0
2016 San Francisco 49ers Head Coach 2-14-0 0-0
2015 Philadelphia Eagles Head Coach 6-9-0 0-0
2014 Philadelphia Eagles Head Coach 10-6-0 0-0
2013 Philadelphia Eagles Head Coach 10-6-0 0-1
2012 Oregon Ducks Head Coach 12-1-0
2011 Oregon Ducks Head Coach 12-2-0
2010 Oregon Ducks Head Coach 12-1-0
2009 Oregon Ducks Head Coach 10-3-0
2007 Oregon Ducks Offensive Coordinator 9-4-0
2006 New Hampshire Wildcats Offensive Coordinator 9-4-None
2005 New Hampshire Wildcats Offensive Coordinator 11-2-None
2004 New Hampshire Wildcats Offensive Coordinator 10-3-None
2003 New Hampshire Wildcats Offensive Coordinator 5-7-None
2002 New Hampshire Wildcats Offensive Coordinator 3-8-None
2001 New Hampshire Wildcats Offensive Coordinator 4-7-None
2000 New Hampshire Wildcats Offensive Coordinator 6-5-None
1999 New Hampshire Wildcats Offensive Coordinator 5-6-None
1998 New Hampshire Wildcats Offensive Line Coach 4-7-None
1997 New Hampshire Wildcats Offensive Line Coach 5-6-None
1996 New Hampshire Wildcats Running Backs Coach 8-3-None
1995 New Hampshire Wildcats Running Backs Coach 6-5-None
1994 New Hampshire Wildcats Running Backs Coach 10-2-None
1992 New Hampshire Wildcats Running Backs Coach 5-5-1

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