SACKVILLE, N.B. – Kelly Jeffrey has helped put respect back on the Mount Allison football vocabulary.
The university rewarded him on Thursday saying his contract as head coach of the Football Mounties has been renewed for four years.
“I am excited and thankful for the opportunity to continue to improve our program every day. With the continued support of our administration for our football program I am thrilled to be a part of Mount Allison for four more years. I believe our best years are to come and feel fortunate to be associated with such great students and coaches,” said Jeffrey.
Jeffrey will enter his sixth year with the Mounties, and looks again to lead the team to the playoffs after having been there three times in the past five seasons.
His first five years have been highlighted with playoff berths in 2008, 2010, and 2012. In 2012, the Mounties tied for second, and in 2010 Jeffrey led the team to a first home playoff game since 1998. For his efforts, Jeffrey was selected as the Atlantic University Sport Football Coach of the Year after the 2010 season.
Since Jeffrey’s arrival at Mount Allison, the Mounties have produced 28 AUS all-stars, one AUS Rookie of the Year, a team Canada member of the IFAF World Team, two AUS conference MVPs, 13 East/West Bowl selections, nine All-Canadians, and back-to-back CFL draft picks in Akwasi Antwi (Calgary, 2011) and Mike Filer (Hamilton, 2012).
“There is no question that through Kelly’s professionalism, his knowledge of the game, and his passion for excellence, Kelly has advanced our program in significant fashion. As we move closer to our ultimate goal of winning an AUS championship, we do so with the confidence that we have the right coach in place to lead our program,” the university’s director of athletics Pierre Arsenault said.
Jeffrey came to Mount Allison in 2006, after being the head coach and offensive co-ordinator at Mayville State University in North Dakota for four years.
During those four seasons his team set numerous offensive records for most yards per game and total yards in a season, and he coached the all-time single season record holders for individual rushing, receiving, completions, and passing yards. Overall the school set nine offensive records while producing five Don Hanson All-Americans.
Before MSU, Jeffrey coached quarterbacks at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and at the University of San Diego (1998-2000) where he trained three all-conference quarterbacks in his three seasons.
He also coached running backs at Northern State University in Aberdeen, S.D. (1996-1997) and wide receivers at North Dakota’s Dickinson State University (1994-1995), a team that finished with a perfect 10-0 season in 1995, and were conference champions in both 1994 and 1995.
Jeffrey has his bachelor of science in physical education from Dickinson State University, and his Master’s degree in health, physical education and recreation from Northern State University in Aberdeen.
Kelly is married to wife Cathy and they have a daughter Alexandra and son Drew.
“During the time Kelly has been our head coach, we have had dramatic improvements in the academic performance of our football program, we have had our two most successful seasons in the past 14 years, and increasingly, we are attracting the type of football student athlete who genuinely is the right fit for Mount Allison,” Mount Allison’s vice-president (international and student affairs), Ron Byrne said. “We are very pleased to bring this valuable stability to our football leadership group and we look forward to what lies ahead.”