Brian Kelly

by John Max 23 Aug,2021
Brian Kelly
Personal Info
  • Birth Name Brian Keith Kelly
  • Net Worth $5 million
  • Currently Married Yes
  • Birth Country Everett, Massachusetts
  • Salary $1.9 Million
  • Married to Paqui
  • Famous Name Brian Kelly
  • Children Three
  • Position in Team Head coach
  • Nationality American
  • Current team Notre Dame
  • Ethnicity White
  • Profession Football Coach

Brian Keith Kelly is an American football coach who is the head coach at the  Louisiana State University (LSU). Earlier, he was the head football coach at Grand Valley State University (1991–2003), Central Michigan University (2004–2006), University of Cincinnati (2006–2009), and Notre Dame (2010-2021). Most notable, he led the  2012 Notre Dame team to the 2013 BCS National Championship Game.

Everett, Massachusetts native, Brian Kelly was born on 25th October 1961, under the star sign Scorpio. Raised in a Catholic Irish-American family, his father was a Boston politician. At  Assumption College, he was a four-year club football player as a linebacker player. He graduated in 1983 with a bachelor's degree in political science. 

How Much Is Brian Kelly's Net Worth? Salary & Contract

With LSU Brian Kelly is the highest-paid coach at a public university in the country. His contract with LSU will pay him $95 million total in base salary. Further, it features a longevity bonus which pushes his total compensation to at least $100 million over the life of the 10-year contract. 

In the fall of 2020, Notre Dame and coach Brian Kelly have agreed to a contract extension that runs through the 2024 season. Nevertheless, the financial details were not released. 

According to the school’s IRS 990 filing (FY2019), Notre Dame's coach Kelly’s $1.9 million salary pales in comparison to his colleagues in the Playoff. Being a private institution, Golden Dome salaries are not subsidized by taxpayers and the school is under no obligation to publish its payroll.

After digging into Notre Dame’s IRS filings, it comes out Kelly's 2019 made less than the $2.1 million that he made in 2017.

BrianBrian Kelly's House at Granger, Indiana (IN), US SOURCE: Virtual Globetrotting

The Notre Dame football coach owns a great real estate property in Granger, Indiana (IN), US. As of 2021, his net worth is approximately $5 million.

Is Brian Kelly Married?

Brian Kelly is married to Paqui (maiden name: Francisca Barbara Craig), born on February 9, 1966. They met while he was working at Grand Valley State. Soon they started dating and eventually tied the knot on July 2, 1994.

Mr. and Mrs. Kelly are blessed with three incredible children; Patrick, Grace, and Kenzel.

Brian CAPTION: Brian Kelly and his wife SOURCE: fwags

In May 2003, at the age of 37, Kelly's wife was diagnosed with breast cancer. In 2007, nine months shy of the five-year marker for a recurrence, when most recovering cancer patients are in the clear, Paqui was again diagnosed with breast cancer. In 2008 she opted for a double mastectomy. 

After surviving breast cancer, went on to start the Kelly Cares Foundation.

Coaching Career

Upon graduation, Brian Kelly worked as linebackers coach, defensive coordinator, and softball coach until 1986. In 1987, he joined the Grand Valley State University staff, serving as a graduate assistant and defensive backs coach. In 1989, he became the defensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator and took over as head coach in 1991.

Throughout Kelly's 13 years as head coach at Grand Valley State, the Lakers won five conference titles as well as appeared in six Division II Playoff. His record in 13 years at Grand Valley State was 118–35–2. 

After the departure of Mike DeBord following the 2003 season, Kelly has announced the 24th head coach at Central Michigan University.  Kelly's record at Central Michigan in three seasons was 19–16.

On 3rd December 2006, Kelly was named Cincinnati's head coach. Kelly finished his tenure at Cincinnati with a 34–6 record.

In December 2009, Kelly signed as the Notre Dame as their head coach, replacing Charlie Weis.  

In 2021, he joined LSU. 

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