Brian Kelly, head coach of the University of Notre Dame Irish football team, is taking on the Boston College Eagles at South Bend this weekend.
Kelly was born in Everett and grew up in Chelsea, a working class city bordering Boston.
After attending St. John's Prep School in Danvers, Kelly attended Assumption College in Worcester, where he played football and became a three-year defensive coordinator for the team upon graduating in 1983. He's been a football coach since then, working his way around the country and leading the University of Cincinnati football program to a 34-6 record from 2007-09. This is his second year as Notre Dame's coach.
Kelly has been described as "a winner everywhere he goes" in a profile published by the Worcester Telegram.
In an interview with ESPN reporter Mark Schlabach, Kelly described a painting hanging in his office entitled The Original Fighting Irish:
"You don't see faces. You see blue-collar. You see a bit of a swagger. You see toughness. Growing up as an Irish Catholic in Boston, that's what I remember Notre Dame being. That's been one of our goals every day - to get that fight back in the Fighting Irish. It's good because that's who I am anyway."
For Irish cultural activities taking place in the Boston area this weekend, visit IrishBoston.org.
For tourist information visit MassVacation.com or BostonUSA.com.