Tim Casey '01 | Jan. 3, 2013 | SB Nation Longreads
Assumption College's roster of around 45 players, most of them from nearby towns, included freshman Brian Kelly, who grew up in Chelsea, Mass., about an hour away. Fred Glatz, Kelly’s coach at St. John’s Prep, an all-boys Catholic high school, remembers him as a feisty offensive guard and nose guard who did not play much until his senior year.
At only 5’10 and 185 pounds, he went unrecruited by any collegiate football program. Still, after enrolling at Assumption, he wanted to continue to play football and joined the school’s club team, a group, like the cheerleaders, funded by the student government association.
For Kelly, club football was a perfect fit, and the current Notre Dame coach earned a starting spot at linebacker before playing a down. He eventually would become a two-time captain and lead the Greyhounds in tackles his final two seasons. His four years at Assumption were the first strides on a long journey that would take him to the most storied football program in the country.