St. Margaret’s Episcopal School announced today the appointment of Brian Kelly as head coach of the Tartans girls lacrosse program.
Kelly was previously the head coach of the Whittier College men’s lacrosse program, amassing a 60-49 record from 2009 to 2017 including a berth in the NCAA Div. III National Championships in 2016. A former Major League Lacrosse and National Lacrosse League player, Kelly was a two-time NCAA Div. III All-American long pole midfielder and North/South All-Star selection for Whittier College.
Kelly also is the Director of Methodology at 3D Lacrosse, one of the nation’s leading and fastest-growing lacrosse services company headquartered in Denver. At 3D, Kelly is responsible for developing age- and ability-appropriate training curriculum for grades K-12 athletes from diverse backgrounds, serving as an advocate and mentor for athletes navigating the NCAA recruitment process and introducing best practices to ensure currency and relevance for the most extensive training and event organization in the lacrosse field.
Along with head coach duties, Kelly will assume the role of full-time Lower and Middle School physical education teacher at St. Margaret’s. Kelly previously taught physical education at the Chadwick School in Palos Verdes.
Kelly will replace Holly Reilly, who stepped down at the completion of the 2018-2019 season after the Tartans captured the U.S. Lacrosse Southern Section championship for the second consecutive year.
“I’d like to thank Athletic Director Patrick Bendzick and the rest of the administration for giving me the wonderful opportunity to join the St. Margaret’s community as both a full-time faculty member and head girl’s lacrosse coach,” said Kelly. “Coach Reilly, her staff, and the players have done an incredible job creating a high performing team culture. I could not be more excited to continue building upon the rock-solid foundation of success they have established over the past several years.”
“We are very excited about Coach Kelly’s spectrum of experience. His work in independent schools, time as a successful collegiate coach, and connection to the club lacrosse world make him a perfect fit for St. Margaret’s,” said Director of Athletics Patrick Bendzick. “In addition, we are very confident in his ability to operate a program at the highest level, effectively develop athletes of all abilities, and continue to provide a collegiate pathway for athletes that aspire to play at the next level.”