Kevin Kelly, who has served as the head football coach at Georgetown from 2007-13, has been named the defensive coordinator/inside linebackers coach for the Ball State Cardinals, according to fourth-year head coach Pete Lembo.

“We are very fortunate to bring a defensive coach with Kevin’s experience, expertise and integrity to the Ball State football program at this time,” Lembo says. “Kevin and I have a relationship that dates back to 1995 while we worked together at Dartmouth College. Since that time, we have maintained a very close friendship as our careers have progressed. Kevin has been both a mentor and a great resource for me through the years. He has an outstanding reputation as a defensive technician and has made a positive impact on several Football Bowl Subdivision programs including Syracuse, Navy, Marshall and Tulane. I am also grateful for all his efforts to make my alma mater’s football program competitive despite some inherent challenges there. Our defensive players and assistant coaches will greatly benefit from Kevin’s leadership.”

At Georgetown, Kelly was named the 2011 Patriot League Coach of the Year and was an Eddie Robinson National Coach of the Year finalist. In 2013, he had five players receive All-Patriot League honors, while six of his student-athletes earned league honors in 2012. Kelly coached the Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year in 2011 and 2012. In 2011, Georgetown tallied an 8-3 record, its best since 1999, and played for the Patriot League Championship in the final game of the season. Under Kelly, the Hoyas experienced success in the classroom and community, with 211 student-athletes named to the Patriot League honor roll during his tenure. Kelly also encouraged his teams to take part in several charitable activities through their careers.

Prior to his head coaching stint at Georgetown, Kelly spent from 2002-05 as the special teams coordinator and linebackers coach at the U.S. Naval Academy where he helped the Midshipmen to three bowl games and a 26-11 record in his last three years. Navy won three Commander-in-Chief's titles during his time in Annapolis, won the 2004 Emerald Bowl, the 2005 Poinsettia Bowl and participated in the 2003 Houston Bowl. In 2004, Kelly's efforts helped Navy finish 26th in the country in scoring defense (19.83) as the team won a school record-tying 10 games. In 2003, he helped the defense finish 14th in the nation in pass defense, 42nd in pass efficiency defense (116th the year before), 34th in total defense and 34th in scoring defense (108th the year before) as Navy won eight games.