MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Saint Anselm College football team is proud to announce the addition of Darius Kelly to its coaching staff. Kelly joins first year head coach Joe Adam's staff as the team's defensive backs coach.
Kelly comes to the Hilltop after spending the last season as the defensive backs coach at Buena High School in Sierra Vista, Ariz., where he also played his high school football.
"We're excited to add Darius Kelly to our football family," said coach Adam. "He brings passion and excitement to the defensive backfield position. We are able to add another piece to our culture and our way of life here in the Saint Anselm football program."
Kelly played his collegiate football at the University of Syracuse, graduating in 2015 with a degree in Communications. During his two years with the Orange, he appeared in 25 games – starting all 12 games his senior year – while accumulating 105 total tackles, one interception, eight pass breakups, and a forced fumble.
Darius Kelly and Joe Adam have shared the sideline before, as Kelly was the starting strong-safety for the Orange while Adam was the offensive line coach. "Having coached and watched him play at Syracuse, I knew he was a young man that I would be interested in hiring some day," added Adam.
He received the Coach Mac Intensity, Focus, Effort and Attitude Award at Syracuse, and was one of seven members of the 2014 Syracuse roster to get a look at the NFL level after accepting an invitation to the 2015 Buffalo Bills Minicamp.
Prior to Syracuse, Kelly spent two seasons at Pima Community College where he was a 2012 All-Arizona Community College Athletic Conference First Team selection after posting 74 tackles, including 53 solo, three forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, one interception and three pass breakups. In 2011, he recorded 29 tackles and four for a loss, and three forced fumbles.
The Saint Anselm football team opens up their 2016 season on the road at Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) Wagner College on Thursday, Sept. 1 at 6 p.m.