Kevin Kelley – Pareto Prize

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Kevin Kelley, the head football coach and athletic director at Pulaski Academy High School in Little Rock, Arkansas has radically changed the thinking about “go for it” backed by statistical analysis. Kelley has been head football coach since 2003, adding the athletic directors role in January of 2007. Kelley has led his team to three state championships in the last 11 years by rarely ever giving up the ball on fourth down. Now known as the “the coach who never punts,” Kelley has transformed conventional thinking about football strategy.

His coaching record and accomplishments include a 125-23-1 record as head coach and multiple Coach of the Year honors. During his coaching, Pulaski Academy has made the quarterfinals of the state playoffs all 11 times, the semifinals 8 times, the championship game 5 times, and won 3 state championships, the latest being in 2011. In the state championship years of 2008 and 2011 the team punted a total of 1 time.

Kelley has appeared on Fox Business News, National Geographic‘s Brain Games, NFL Films, HBO Real Sports, ESPN and ESPN.com as well as many national radio shows and many national publications including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, and Sports Illustrated. Kelley has also spoken at several major companies including Acxiom and Adidas.

Kelley is the first person in his family to graduate college. Kelley loves to win and read things outside the world of football that will help him win even more.

Social Media:

Twitter @coachkelley1
Website – Pulaski Academy Bruin Athletics

Select Publications:

Grantland

ESPN

Sports Illustrated

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