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WHITTIER, Calif. – After nine seasons at the helm of the Whittier College Men's Lacrosse program, Head Coach Brian Kelly has decided to step down announced by Executive Director of Athletics Robert Coleman.
Kelly's resignation was announced Thursday, a month after his team ended its 8-6 season with a historic win over Colorado College, which obtained the Locker-Stabler for the first time in program history.
"It is with a heavy heart that I leave Whittier College for a new opportunity that is in the best interest of my growing family," Kelly explained. "I will be forever grateful to both our current players and alumni for providing me with deeply fulfilling and meaningful work over the past decade. I'd especially like to thank Doug Locker for introducing me to Whittier Lacrosse nearly 20 years ago and Director of Athletics Robert Coleman for giving me this wonderful opportunity in 2009. I will forever be a proud and passionate supporter of Whittier Men's Lacrosse."
A native of Downingtown, PA, Kelly has been a part of the Men's Lacrosse program in some capacity since 1999. He attended Whittier College from '99 till '03 where he was a long-stick midfielder being named a 2nd Team All-American Midfielder in both '02 and '03. During his time donning the Purple & Gold he made two appearances in the NCAA Division III National Championships, for a 3-2 overall record, which included a semi-final appearance in 2003. Kelly went on to play several years of professional lacrosse in both the National Lacrosse League and Major League Lacrosse for the Anaheim Storm (NLL), San Francisco Dragons (MLL) and the Los Angeles Riptide (MLL).
From 2004-2008 he served as an assistant coach for the Purple & Gold before taking over as the Interim Head Coach in 2009.
Over his nine years he has accumulated a record of 60-49 and has totaled five winning seasons, which included a berth into the NCAA Division III National Championships in 2016.
He has also seen a total of three players move onto the next level in both the National Lacrosse League and Major League Lacrosse, which included Ben Brown (Denver Outlaws-MLL), Anthony Lackey (Toronto Rock-NLL), and Matt Symes (Calgary Roughnecks-NLL).
"It's disappointing to be losing a coach and person of Brian's caliber," said Whittier College Executive Director of Athletics Robert Coleman. "Brian worked tirelessly to promote the scholar-athlete and I respect and support his decision to focus on this new opportunity that has come his way. We wish Brian and his family the best of luck in his future endeavors as we look forward to building upon the foundation of excellence he has established."