Brian Kelly Agrees to Extension Through 2021

Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly has agreed to a contract extension that will keep him as the leader of the Irish football program through at least the 2021 campaign.

Notre Dame vice president and director of athletics Jack Swarbrick announced today the university and head football coach Brian Kelly have agreed to terms on a contract extension to run through the 2021 season.

"In the classroom, in the community and on the playing field, Brian has built the foundation of a great Notre Dame football program--one that reflects this University's values and its unique relationship to the game of football,” Swarbrick said today through a release. “I could not be more excited about the future of our football program under Brian's leadership, and I am especially thankful that our student-athletes will continue to have the benefit of that leadership in the years to come."

Kelly ranks seventh among active NCAA FBS coaches in career winning percentage (.737). He’s the first Notre Dame head coach to win at least 10 games in two separate seasons since Lou Holtz (1992-93) and the first to win 12 games in a single season since Holtz accomplished the feat in 1989.

“I want to thank Father Jenkins (University president Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C.) and the leadership of Notre Dame for their confidence in me,” said Kelly. “I coach football because I believe there are few better avenues for impacting the lives of young men, and I am certain that there is no better place to do that than the University of Notre Dame.

“During the next six years I look forward to continuing to lead a championship caliber program, but more importantly I look forward to continuing to help the student-athletes I coach to achieve greatness as football players, as students and as men who will make a difference in families, communities and organizations they will someday lead.”

Today’s release noted that since Kelly has been at Notre Dame, the Irish football program three times has ranked first among FBS institutions in NCAA Graduation Success Rate numbers and never has ranked lower than sixth. In federal graduation rates for football Notre Dame has consistently ranked in the top 10 among FBS schools during Kelly’s tenure, while NCAA Academic Progress Rate football numbers have been at least 970 (out of a possible 1,000) in all his years at the University.

Additionally 20 of Kelly’s players have been selected in the NFL Draft. He is the first coach at the program to place Notre Dame teams among the Associated Press post-season Top 20 three times (2012-13, 2015) since Holtz did the same to conclude the 1993 and 1995-96 seasons.


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