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SCU Athletics Honors Loyal Bronco

SCU Athletics Honors Loyal Bronco

Feb. 13, 2005

  • Read this 2003 feature story on Ed Kelly

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- The Santa Clara University athletic department honored one of its most loyal "employees" Saturday at halftime of the Broncos' men's basketball win over rival Saint Mary's when athletic director Dan Coonan presented Ed Kelly '39 a plaque commemorating his 24 years of service.

    A volunteer who has served as the department's primary ticket manager since he was hired by then-athletic director Pat Malley in 1981, Kelly has been an integral part of Bronco athletics since that time. He has been associated with the institution since enrolling at SCU in 1935.

    "Over the last 24 years, a number of people have come and gone," said Coonan. "But, the one constant to Bronco athletics has been Ed Kelly. He has touched the lives of literally thousands of people since Pat Malley was fortunate enough to bring him back to his alma mater in 1981. We will always owe a great deal of debt to Ed and we look forward to having him around for another 24 years."

    Ed Kelly has been a fixture at SCU since graduating in 1939.

    Kelly, 88, graduated from Santa Clara in 1939 and worked for PG&E for 42 years before retiring in 1981. He offered his services to Malley at that time in order to keep busy and utilize his experience as the former ticket manager for the Salinas Rodeo.

    In 1990, Kelly was selected to the SCU Athletic Hall of Fame then in 1992 he received the Ignation award from the SCU Alumni Association for his contribution to society and service to others. Kelly was only the second alumnus to receive such an award.