Veteran educator, coach and administrator Brian Kelly was hired as Riordan’s new Dean of Athletics & Student Affairs. In this interview Brian talks about his new role and embarking on a new and exciting journey at San Francisco’s oldest all-boys Catholic high school.
Where did you grow up?
I was born and raised in the Eureka Valley district of San Francisco. I attended grammar and high school here, ending up at St Mary’s College, and came right back home after graduation. I currently live in the Westlake district of Daly City, and have for the last 14 years.
Tell us about your experience in education.
I coached football for 22 years. I started my coaching career in 1994 at Campolindo High School in Moraga while attending St. Mary’s. From there, I coached at St. Ignatius and spent my last years of coaching at Marin Catholic. All places have been formative experiences in my life, and I am lucky to have served at these institutions.
As far as my educational career, I started as a counselor at Saint Joseph Notre Dame in 2001. I then took a job as a counselor at St. Ignatius from 2005-2013, and just finished five years at Marin Catholic where I was Director of Counseling and Dean of Students. I think all these experiences have prepared me for the road I am about to take. I’m excited to be at Riordan.
Tell us about your new role at Riordan.
My new job is to oversee and assist both Athletics and Activities. Bob Greene (Athletics) and Joey Klobas (Activities) are amazing in their respective roles, and I can’t even begin to describe the incredible work done by our numerous coaches and moderators. I think most of my job will be finding ways for these people to keep doing their best and finding opportunities for them to grow in their vocations. It’s a pretty cool job to have.
What are you most excited about joining the Riordan community?
Some of my closest friends and mentors are graduates of Riordan. I’m excited to learn and be part of the Marianist Traditions and Brotherhood that formed some of the most important people in my life.
What do you hope to accomplish in your new role?
I hope to help a school traditionally rich in athletics and arts continue its growth. I also hope to work with our entire community to make our new and amazing House System grow into an even more important role Riordan’s everyday life. The potential is endless.
Do you have a favorite sport or activity?
In my new role, all activities and and sports are my favorite. It’s important I look at it that way. I truly believe, through my numerous coaching and educational experiences, that all activities and athletics play a vital part in how students can deepen the things they learn in a classroom. If any of our sports or activities can provide the opportunity to do so, then I am proud to support that experience and I will work tirelessly to make sure the whole world knows of it.