David Kelly will begin his fifth season as an assistant coach with the Central Connecticut men's soccer program in 2017. 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. He coached the CFC United team to a 2015 Connecticut Junior Soccer Association State Cup title to advance to the U.S. Soccer Region 1 Championships.
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.