Dec. 11, 2003
Brown University defensive coordinator Mike Kelleher has been named the New England Assistant Coach of the Year by the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston. Kelleher will be presented the award at the 65th Annual Bob Whelan College Football Awards Banquet on January 9, 2004 at the Sheraton Needham Hotel.
A native New Englander, who grew up in West Springfield, Mass., Kelleher helped Brown's 2003 team to wins in four of its last five games. He just completed his third season at Brown, and his 2003 defense ranked second in the Ivy League.
Kelleher's 2001 defense led the Ivy League in pass defense while introducing a system that allowed four points per game less than the previous season.
Kelleher began his career at Boston University, working for nine years in a variety of defensive coaching capacities. From there, he became the defensive coordinator at the University of Rhode Island, where his 1990 defense was ranked seventh nationally in scoring defense. He also worked in a similar capacity at Colgate, and had a four year tenure at Columbia as linebackers coach and special teams coordinator.
Kelleher was a four-year starter on defense for Boston University from 1977-1980and the Yankee Conference Defensive Player of the Year for the Terriers' 1980 Yankee Conference Championship team.
In addition to Kelleher's award, former Brown football coach Mark Whipple '79, the head coach at UMass., will be presented with the Division I-A/I-AA Head Coach of the Year award.