Notre Dame announces contract extension for Brian Kelly

BY Marcus Hartman • January 29, 2016

Notre Dame football coach Brian Kelly has a new contract that is scheduled to keep him in South Bend through the 2021 season. 

The school announced the new deal Friday. 

Kelly has gone 55-23 with the Fighting Irish since being hired in December 2009. 

His tenure includes two seasons with double-digit wins (2012 and 2015) and six bowl-game appearances. 

Kelly's Notre Dame teams have finished ranked in the final AP top 25 three times -- third in 2012, 20th in 2013 and 11th last season. 

In a news release from the school, Kelly thanked Notre Dame president Rev. John I. Jenkins and the school's leadership for showing confidence in his ability to continue to lead the program. 

“I coach football because I believe there are few better avenues for impacting the lives of young men, and I am certain that there is no better place to do that than the University of Notre Dame," Kelly said. "During the next six years I look forward to continuing to lead a championship caliber program, but more importantly I look forward to continuing to help the student-athletes I coach to achieve greatness as football players, as students and as men who will make a difference in families, communities and organizations they will someday lead.” 

Kelly is 226-80-2 in 25 years as a college football head coach, including stints at Grand Valley State, Central Michigan and Cincinnati.