Williams College Athletic Director Harry Sheehy announced today that Aaron Kelton has been named the Ephs’ head football coach, succeeding Mike Whalen who left Williams to return to coach his alma mater Wesleyan University.
Kelton comes to Williams from Columbia University, where he has served as the Lions defensive coordinator for the last two seasons after having served the two previous seasons as secondary coach.
“I’m thrilled that Aaron and his wife Charlotte will be joining the Williams athletic family and college community,” said Sheehy. “The search committee was impressed with Aaron’s energy and passion for teaching the game of football to young men, and this passion resonated with people on our campus throughout the process. He’ll be a tireless teacher, coach, and recruiter. Current and future Eph football players will be inspired and challenged to reach for their potential under Aaron’s tutelage. It’s with much enthusiasm that we call on him to carry forward the great tradition that is Williams football.”
1) A big EphBlog welcome for Coach Kelton! May he successfully coach and inspire our players for decades to come.
2) Kelton is a very interesting choice. When was the last time that Williams hired a football coach from the outside? (Alas, I don’t know the history of head football coaches nearly as well as I should. Since the 80’s, the history is Odell, Farley, Whalen, Kelton. Who came before Odell?)
3) Is anyone else surprised that Kelton would take this job? He is the defensive coordinator of an Ivy League school. (In general, the offensive and defensive coordinators are just below the head coach in the football hierarchy.) Also:
Kelton received prized NFL Summer Internships, which enabled him to serve as a member of the coaching staff of the Indianapolis Colts in 2007, Jacksonville Jaguars in 2008, and the Arizona Cardinals in 2009. He also attended the NCAA Expert Coaches Academy in Miami in May 2006.
I don’t know enough about the football world to know how impressive this really is, but it seems like a big deal, the internships are “prized” after all. Comments?
UPDATE: Minor edits.