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Ed Kelly, Longtime Boston College Men’s Soccer Coach, Retires After 32nd Season

Gasson Hall

After the Boston College men’s soccer team’s season ended Sunday evening in Washington, Boston College announced that Ed Kelly retired from his post as head coach of the Eagles. Kelly was the head coach of the Eagles for the past 32 seasons.

“I’ve often wondered if I would recognize when it was time to retire. That day has arrived and it is time to step aside to give an opportunity to someone else,’’ said Kelly in a statement from the Boston College Athletic department. “Hopefully another Eagle who understands what a special place the Heights is and who will lead the program to continued success.”

“We appreciate Ed’s years of service and all of the hard work he put into building our men’s soccer program,” said BC Athletic Director Martin Jarmond. “To leave with the most wins in school history and conference championships in the Big East and ACC, Ed’s place in our soccer history is cemented. We wish Ed the best as he begins his next chapter.”

Kelly led the Eagles to 13 appearances in the NCAA Tournament, including two Elite 8 appearances in 2002 and 2015. The Eagles were ranked No. 1 in the country in 2007 after winning the ACC regular season title and championship. Kelly was named ACC Coach of the Year that year.

A national search will be conducted to find Kelly’s replacement.