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BC men’s soccer coach Ed Kelly retires after 32 seasons

Boston College men’s soccer coach Ed Kelly has retired after 32 seasons, capping a 35-year college coaching career that included three seasons at Seton Hall.

Kelly, 71, started coaching at BC in 1988 and amassed a career record of 289-239-67 (329-252-73 overall) and led the program to 13 NCAA Tournament appearances, four trips to the Sweet 16, and three Big East titles (1990, 2000, 2002).

“I’ve often wondered if I would recognize when it was time to retire,” said Kelly in a statement. “That day has arrived, and it is time to step aside to give an opportunity to someone else. Hopefully another Eagle who understands what a special place The Heights is and who will lead the program to continued success.


“I have loved my 32 seasons at Boston College and it will always have a special place in my heart.”

This season, the Eagles went 11-6-3 and lost to Washington, 2-0, in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Brandon Chase can be reached at brandon.chase@globe.com.