Darius Kelly is in his second season as the defensive backs coach for the Saint Anselm football team in 2017 after being named to the position on July 5, 2016.
In his first season at Saint Anselm, Kelly's defensive backs recorded nine interceptions, the most by the team in three seasons, as six different players had at least one interception.
Kelly came to the Hilltop after spending the 2015 season as the defensive backs coach at Buena High School in Sierra Vista, Ariz., where he also played his high school football.
Kelly played his collegiate football at Syracuse University, graduating in 2015 with a degree in communications and rhetorical studies. 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.
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, four for a loss, and three forced fumbles.
Kelly currently resides in Manchester, N.H.