Hall of Fame Inductee - Don Kelly

It's been said that in order to succeed one must first become associated with success and then adopt the methods most suited for the individual. Don Kelly has done just that. In 1981 Kelly was coaching freshman basketball for a very successful Quincy High program. That same year he was asked to take over as head coach of Quincy's varsity golf team - which he did. Six short years later, under Kelly, the QHS golf team became one of the state's best. During his tenure as head coach Kelly's Blue Devil squad has made 8 state tournament appearances, brought home 7 trophies, including a state title in 1990. In addition, Quincy High golf has dominated the Western Big Six, winning the conference title a record 9 times. Through his 17 year varsity career, Don Kelly's teams have amassed a record of 192 and 22, a winning percentage of 86%. Many of Kelly's past players have received golf scholarships, and some have gone on to be club professionals or are playing professionally on the mini-tour. But Kelly's love for young people and sports run deeper. He and his Blue Devil players have conducted Saturday morning golf clinics for 5th and 6th grade students of Baldwin School. He's loaned his talents to the Pepsi Little Peoples program, helped organize and administrate the very successful Quincy High/Don Sloan Invitational golf tournament and has served as a rules official for the AA Gold Golf Tournament at the state level. In addition, Quincy High basketball has enjoyed the services of Don Kelly for parts of 4 decades. He was an assistant under Sherrill Hanks in the late 60's, worked for Jerry Leggett in the 70's and 80's and joined the staff of Loren Wallace in 1996. Eight Blue Devil basketball teams which have made appearances in the Sweet Sixteen have done so with Don Kelly on the bench. Don Kelly has achieved success on the links, on the basketball court and in life. We're glad he reached those achievements here. Kelly and his wife Nancy have two sons, John and Ryan.

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