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Youth Boys Jan 20, 2017

Pipeline Soccer adds former Baltimore Blast coach Danny Kelly to staff

(Via Pipeline Soccer) – Pipeline Soccer has added former Baltimore Blast coach Danny Kelly to the club’s coaching staff.

Kelly will be the head coach of the 2005 Boys “Black” team. The 2005 Boys Black are the OBGC CUP Champions and currently compete in EDP Division 1.

Kelly comes to Pipeline with an extensive soccer résumé. After playing in the Blau-Weiss Gottschee youth system, he went on to play at the collegiate level for Penn State University in State College, Pennsylvania. While at Penn State he was a four-year letter winner from 1987 to 1990. He earned national recognition and honors during his college career. He still holds many Penn State records, including one for single season assist.

In October 1991, Kelly signed with the Harrisburg Heat of the National Professional Soccer League. In 1995, the Heat finished runner-up in the NPSL Championship Series. In 1996, he played for the Rochester Rhinos of the A-League as they finished runner-up to the Seattle Sounders. In 1997, he joined the Hershey Wildcats of the USISL. He would also play the 1998 outdoor season with the Wildcats. On September 11, 1998, Kelly was traded to the Baltimore Blast where in eight seasons he compiled more than 200 points and ranks sixth on the team’s all-time scoring list. In 2001, the Blast moved to the newly created Major Indoor Soccer League. A three-time League All-Star, Kelly represented the Blast in the 2006 MISL All-Star Game and leads the team’s defenders that season in points. Kelly also ranks 20th on the League’s all-time scoring list.

In 2006, Kelly was hired as the Head Coach of the Baltimore Blast of the Major Indoor Soccer League, now of the MASL. He was the 2008-2009 National Indoor Soccer League Coach of the Year. He has since led the team to Championship titles in 2008, 2009, 2013, and 2016.

“As Technical Director, I feel privileged to announce that Danny Kelly is joining our club,” said Pipeline Technical Director Lee Tschantret. “I have known Danny for over 20 years. As a person, player and coach, I can say first hand that he is of the highest caliber. We are very fortunate to be able to bring Danny’s coaching experience and expertise to our Pipeline players.”

“Santino and I couldn’t be more excited. Danny embodies what the Pipeline philosophy is and we are excited to see him mold and shape the 2005 Boys. Danny is a great asset to the boys program and his development of players from youth to professional is second to none” said Pipeline President Sean Rush.

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