Patrick Kelly leads the LMU rowing program as the Coordinator of Rowing for his ninth season. This position encompasses oversight of the women's and men's collegiate varsity teams and the community-based Master's LIONS Rowing Club.
Under Coach Kelly, the rowing teams have accomplished many firsts in LMU's history.
Kelly and the crew team dedicated the Jane Browne Bove Boathouse in the 2002 season, beginning a new era of LMU Crew. In 2003, the Lions captured gold at the WIRA Championships in the women's varsity 8. In 2004, the Lions completed a hat-trick by capturing gold in the Cal Cup at the San Diego Crew Classic, the WCC Championship in the Women's Varsity 8, and the WIRA Championship. During the 2006 season, LMU won its first WCC Championship as the varsity eight defeated Gonzaga for the conference title.
Certified as a Level III Coach by the United States Rowing Association, Kelly was the WCC Coach of the Year in 2000, 2004, and 2006 and the WIRA Coach of the Year in 2003 and 2004. Over the years, Coach Kelly's athletes have included 8 National Scholar Athletes, 10 WCC All-Conference Team members, 15 WCC All-Academic Team members, eight All-WIRA First team members, and two All-American rowers.
Coach Kelly joined the LMU staff after spending the 1999 season as the USC women's rowing assistant coach. Prior to working with the Trojans, Kelly served as program director for men's and women's rowing at UC Santa Barbara.
An accomplished rower, Kelly brings a wealth of experience to the programs. He is a two-time masters national champion in the mixed B eight, winning in 2003 and 2006. He also claimed the men's B quad championship in 2006.
Kelly rowed varsity for the Lions for four seasons as an undergraduate and served as team captain in 1987 and 1988. He served as president of the Loyola Rowing Association and was twice awarded the Outstanding Oarsman Award (1988, 1989). In the 1990's, Coach Kelly was also a member of the United States Surfboat Rowing team that competed in numerous World Championships in Australia. Kelly, while at LMU, earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology and also earned his teaching credential.
Kelly is currently active in rowing, competing in summer masters races.