The file on Chip Kelly
Charles Edward "Chip" Kelly got his start as a coach for Columbia university in 1990. He worked with the defensive backs and also held a special teams position. The following year in 1991, Kelly began coaching the outside linebackers and safeties. Kelly moved on to New Hampshire in 1992, signing on a running backs coach. He leveled up in 1993, taking his first coordinator job with Johns Hopkins. Kelly returned to New Hampshire in 1994, and coached on the offensive side there until 2006.
The next step
Chip Kelly in 2007 accepted a position to be the offensive coordinator for the Oregon Ducks, a role he held through 2008. Over those two years, the Ducks went 19-7 and won the Sun Bowl and Holiday Bowl. Oregon scored 38.2 points per game in 2007 and 41.9 points per game in 2008.
Taking the big job
Chip Kelly was promoted to head coach of the Oregon Ducks in 2009. He went 10-3 in his first year, 12-1 in his second year, 12-2 in his third year, and 12-1 in his fourth and final year. At its highest rank every year, the team was named inside AP's top 10 each season.
In Kelly's final game, Marcus Mariota and the Ducks defeated Kansas State 35-17 in the Fiesta Bowl.
A new challenge
After two decades in the college ranks, Chip Kelly took his first NFL coaching job in 2013, accepting the head coaching position with the Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles went 10-6 over his first two years.
While with the Eagles, the roster saw some turnover. The notable players drafted during Kelly's tenure include: Nelson Agholor, Eric Rowe, Jordan Matthews, Josh Huff, Jaylen Watkins, Ed Reynolds, Lane Johnson, Zach Ertz, Bennie Logan, Matt Barkley, Earl Wolff. Kelly also completed a trade with the Bills, sending running back LeSean McCoy to Buffalo for linebacker Kiko Alonso.
Out in Philadelphia
After considerable personnel turnover after back-to-back 10-6 seasons, the Eagles face planted in 2015, finishing 7-9 and missing the playoffs in the NFC East. Chip Kelly was fired on Dec. 29, 2015.
Joining the 49ers
After a rigorous coaching search, the 49ers on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016, named Chip Kelly head coach.