Kevin Kelly departing Thomas Jefferson for position at Chalmette
After 11 years on the job, Kelly has stepped down as head coach at Thomas Jefferson to accept a position at Chalmette High School.
Kelly started the football program at Thomas Jefferson in 2008. The first year was junior varsity only before the Jaguars moved up to varsity competition in 2009.
Kelly has accepted the position as freshman football coach and assistant varsity baseball coach at Chalmette, where he previously taught and coached in 1993. Kelly worked at Chalmette Middle School for nine years after working at Chalmette High.
Kelly guided the Jaguars to three playoff appearances in his stint.
“It has been a good experience at Thomas Jefferson,” Kelly said. “The wins and losses were not good overall but we had some success with five winning seasons and five losing seasons. We were fortunate to work with very good kids and good administrations. Thomas Jefferson is in good shape as a school and financially. The new coach will come into a good situation and I am pleased with that.”
Kelly is looking forward to returning to Chalmette.
“To return where I started is special,” Kelly said. “Chalmette is a wonderful place to work. They treat you right. There is outstanding leadership in the school and in athletics. It is an outstanding school with good people. I would like to retire there. I am getting a chance to work with my old friend Mike Thomas in baseball.”
Thomas Jefferson is expected to name a new head coach to replace Kelly in the next in the next few weeks.
“Thomas Jefferson is in good shape as a school and in good shape financially,” Kelly said. “The new coach will come into a good situation and I am pleased with that. I will always wish the Jaguars nothing but success.”
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