Excessive College Soccer: Unconventional Arkansas coach who by no means beats an look as Lands School head coach
Kevin Kelley approached and achieved things on the high school soccer field that few have ever done. Pulaski Academy’s (Little Rock, Ark.) Head football coach announced Thursday that he was leaving his post to take the same job at the NCAA FCS program at Presbyterian College in Clinton, SC
The nine-time state champion has garnered national attention for his statistically-driven, no-stinging, risk-free, and reward-free approach while collecting head-turning numbers at the small, private, independent school at headquarters in Arkansas.
The 51-year-old’s revolutionary crimes and methods were featured in sections of 60 Minutes, HBO’s Real Sports and NFL Films, and he was once a guest speaker at MIT. He was a pioneer of analytics in high school game.
He had a record of 216-29-1 in 18 seasons and was recently inducted into the Arkansas Hall of Fame.
His rise to fame coincided with the invention of the number-driven MaxPreps.com and he quickly became a poster coach for entering team and individual stats. His teams were often close to or at the top of all offensive categories.
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Kevin Kelley, Pulaski Academy
Among the remarkable achievements of the Bruins since 2004:
* More than 600 points 13 times and at least 700 times seven times, 790 in 2019 and 789 in 2011.
* This 2011 squad was their only team to finish 15-0. The Bruins remained unbeaten three more times, including his final 2020 season (13-0). This was the only time they’d finished # 1 in the MaxPreps Arkansas computer rankings. They ranked second in 2008, 2016 and 2019, and third in 2011.
* In all but one season (2009) they averaged more than 500 yards per game, while hitting the 600 yard plateau in 2019. That year it averaged a ridiculous 648 yards, 439 through the air and 209 on the ground.
* Average yards per game per year since 2010: 529, 537, 513, 556, 516, 581, 550, 571, 597, 648 and 579.
* Points per game since 2014: 50.2, 50.8, 47.8, 56.0, 50.2, 56.4 and 50.7.
* In a 2017 game, the Bruins set a national record of 991 yards in an 86:56 win over Little Rock Christian Academy. Layne Hatcher set a state record with 745 yards and nine touchdown passes.
Hatcher is one of the most productive passers-by the country has ever seen. He is the head of state with 15,483 career opportunities. But Hatcher is nowhere near alone among Kelley’s students.
A 2020 story by MaxPreps’ senior writer and historian Kevin Askeland highlighted that Kelley trained 12 of the top 100 year old running brands in history.
Layne Hatcher, the Pulaski Academy’s record-breaking quarterback in 2017.