Coach Terry Kelley Retires After 48 Years In Oxford

Coach Terry Kelley Retires After 48 Years In Oxford

In 1971, a young teacher and coach named Terry Kelley walked through the doors of Oxford High School, never thinking he'd be guiding young student-athletes for the next 48 years. Coach Kelley has retired as Head Boys Golf Coach following his third championship season.

Terry Kelley graduated from Roosevelt High School, later to become West Bloomfield High School. After Roosevelt, he attended Adrian College before graduating and playing golf at Oakland University. Kelley taught English, History and Business for Oxford Schools until retiring in 1995. In his first few years of teaching he also coached at the junior high school level in multiple sports before moving to the high school. In 1973, he moved to the high school and coached the JV Girls' Basketball team under the direction of the legendary Ian Smith.

"We were lucky to win as many games as we did. It was so much fun working with Smith and the rest of our staff," said Coach Terry Kelley.

Coach Kelley took over the Golf program in 1995 and has been the leader of the Wildcats ever since. Some of Kelley's greatest accomplishments include finishing top ten in the state in 2010 and awarding his top golfer with the "Keith Award". The Keith Award is named after a former Oxford Golf Athlete that passed away unexpectedly. Terry still keeps in contact with many of his former athletes, including his current JV Coach Anthony Frias

"Coach Kelley has produced multiple championships during his tenure. While that is an impressive fact, I believe that his ability to positively influence all the young men that he has mentored and coached will be the reason he remembered for many years to come," said Director of Athletics, Jordan Ackerman. "Coach Kelley has had a tremendous career here in Oxford. He has been dedicated to the community and the kids in the community for over 40 years. We were very fortunate to have him and he will be greatly missed."

"Always remember, KEEP YOUR HEADS DOWN!" - Coach Kelley.