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Thursday, November 9, 2006

Kelley named Framingham State football coach

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Framingham State College has turned to a very familiar face to resurrect its struggling football program.

Tom Kelley, who played on the program's first team in 1972, guided the team for three seasons in the mid-1980s and has served as the college's director of athletics for the last 11 years, is returning as head coach.

Kelley, 52, replaces Mark Sullivan, whose contract was not renewed earlier this week after directing the Rams to a 4-41 mark in five seasons.

"We need to get this program going in the right direction," said Kelley, who currently is the lone AD in the Division 3 New England Football Conference to also hold the position of head football coach. Steve Nelson held both jobs at Curry before resigning after the 2005 season.

Kelley, who has been affiliated with Framingham State College in one role or another since his arrival as a 5-foot-11, 220-pound defensive tackle from Adams in the fall of 1972, is confident that he can turn the program around.

"I am psyched to have the challenge, and to be head coach at my alma mater," said the longtime Milford resident, who says he has never felt better after surviving a pair of bouts with cancer in the last decade. "We have to get players in here. We need to attack the MetroWest and Central Massachusetts area in our recruiting. And we need to get a quality staff on board."

Framingham State, which last posted a winning record in 1986 (6-4), has a 105-203-2 lifetime mark.

-- Craig Larson

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