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Kelly named national coach of the year

Thursday, December 6, 2012 - 12:01 am

The accolades, both as a team, as well as individually, continue to roll in for the Notre Dame football program.

Fighting Irish coach Brian Kelly earned a unique distinction on Wednesday, as he was named the recipient of the Home Depot Coach of the Year Award for the second tim ein his career.

The award will be presented to Kelly as a part of The Home Depot College Football Awards today at 7:30 p.m. (ESPN).

Kelly was named the recipient in 2009 coaching for Cincinnati and is the first two-time winner of The Home Depot Coach of the Year Award.

In his third season at Notre Dame, Kelly led the Irish to a perfect 12-0 record for the first time since 1988 and the second time in school history. His team’s 28 victories over his first three years are tied for the most by any Notre Dame coach and he is the first Irish coach since ESPN analyst Lou Holtz’s 1994-96 seasons to register winning records over three straight seasons.

Kelly’s Irish have won at least eight games in each of his first three seasons on the Notre Dame sidelines. That record surpasses wins from Lou Holtz, Ara Parseghian, Frank Leahy and Knute Rockne, who combined to win 10 consensus National Championships. Parseghian is also being recognized during the show with the NCFAA Contribution to College Football Award.

Notre Dame has already won four more games than they won last year heading into the Discover National BCS Championship game. The Irish will play No. 2 Alabama for their 12th national title on Monday, Jan. 7 (ESPN).

The Irish are looking for their first undefeated season since 1988, also the year of their last National Championship.