Chip Kelly led UCLA to its finest end in years this previous season, and now he is being rewarded.
The Bruins and Kelly agreed upon a brand new four-year contract on Friday, Bruce Feldman of The Athletic first reported. UCLA confirmed the information. It comes after Kelly steered UCLA to an 8-4 season in 2021, its finest document since 2014 and its first profitable season since 2015.
Kelly has demonstrated constant progress since arriving on campus, as following a 3-9 inaugural season in 2018, he went 4-8 earlier than ending 3-4 within the pandemic-shortened 2020 season. The Bruins took a substantial leap this season, leaping to 8-4 and a second-place end within the Pac-12 South.
UCLA led the Pac-12 in scoring in 2021 with 36.5 factors per recreation, additionally good for thirteenth within the nation. These numbers have additionally steadily elevated throughout Kelly’s tenure, going from 24.6 factors per recreation in 2018 to 26.7 in 2019, earlier than then leaping all the best way to 35.4 in 2020.
Kelly started his teaching profession as an assistant at Columbia in 1990 earlier than becoming a member of the employees at New Hampshire, his alma mater, in 1992. He briefly was the defensive coordinator at Johns Hopkins in 1993 however returned to New Hampshire by the next season. He rose the ranks to turn into to offensive coordinator by 1999, a place he would maintain for eight years.
In 2007, Kelly grew to become the offensive coordinator at Oregon, considered one of UCLA’s Pac-12 foes. He was promoted to move coach by 2009 after which jumped to the NFL because the coach of the Eagles. He was in Philadelphia for 3 years earlier than spending one 12 months because the coach of the 49ers, who fired him after the 2016 season. He took one 12 months off earlier than changing into the Bruins’ chief in 2018.