Dave Kelly - Assistant Coach
David Kelly is in an outstanding coach with experience at the professional level, as a coach and player. He brings a wealth of knowledge to the Blue Devil program and is recognized as an oustabnding tactician. He is greatly respected by all the players for his high standards and expectations.
David Kelly is in his third season as an assistant coach with the Central Connecticut men's soccer program. He joined the Blue Devils after two seasons as an assistant at Southern Connecticut. Prior to his time in New Haven he was an assistant for six seasons at the University of Hartford.
Kelly also currently serves as the head coach of the Connecticut Football Club - AZUL, which plays in the Premier Development League. His team plays their home games on the CCSU Soccer Field.
Kelly is a staff instructor for the Connecticut State Coaching Education Program. He was also a former head coach with the Olympic Development Program.
Kelly has also coached at Quinnipiac (2004) and Trinity College (2001-03) helping each of those teams qualify for their conference tournaments.
Kelly played 10 years of professional soccer. He spent nine years in the A-League (now the USL Division I) Professional Soccer League and one in the National Professional Soccer League, while also making reserve appearances for both Carlisle United and Burnley in England. During his time in the A-League, Kelly was also a player-assistant coach with the Connecticut Wolves.
Kelly played at the University of Maine from 1986-90 and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in history in 1990. He holds “A,” “Pro-B” and “National Youth” coaching licenses from the United States Soccer Federation and the “Advanced National Diploma” from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.
Kelley lives in West Hartford with his wife Trish and daughters, Áine, and Isla.