Coach Kelly was a Bulldog for 25 Years
Responsible for starting the 7th and 8th grade football programs in 1963 he went on to be part of 10 championships seasons at Green in football. He also coached 9th grade basketball but was best known as a head coach for his multiple Suburban League Championships and his 1986 Ohio State Championship in Track.
More than his accomplishments as a winner, Coach Kelly was known for his positive approach to kids and was greatly respected as a teacher, leader and a coach. Francis was known as a man that built on a player’s best and always had a vision for that player and the team as well as the school.
Noted for spending hours at the school, in the classroom, coaching multiple sports and being the resident trainer for athletes Coach Francis was loved for his dedication to his students and athletes.
Married to Susan since 1963 Francis Kelly was a devoted husband and father. He had a tremendous relationship with his son, Todd. They were very close until Coach Kelly’s death at the age of 74.
Francis Kelly was from Iowa where he played football, basketball and baseball for Upper Iowa. He also played semi pro baseball.