Brian Kelly Siblings: Meet Sister Kimberly Kelly- Age Gap

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The former Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly is the eldest of the two kids of his parents. So, who is his younger sibling? Kelly has a sister named Kimberly Kelly.

Unlike her brother, Kimberly lives a low-key life and rarely makes any appearances in public. In 2012, during an interview with, she addressed Brian as “a Rudy-type linebacker.”

While Kim is off social media platforms, her elder brother Brian’s Instagram posts occasionally feature his wife, Paqui, a cancer survivor with whom he has three kids.

The LSU Head Coach Brian Kelly
The LSU Head Coach Brian Kelly (Source: Nola)

Brian Keith Kelly is an American college football coach serving as the head coach of Louisiana State University (2022- present). He became the 33rd coach at LSU, replacing Ed Orgeron.

Formerly, he was the head coach of Notre Dame Fighting Irish with a 92-39 record from 2010 to 2021 before resigning. Later, Marcus Freeman took his place.

The three-time Home Depot Coach of the Year Award winner started his coaching journey from his alma mater, Assumption College.

There, he was linebackers coach and defensive coordinator from 1983 to 1986.

Later, it followed his coaching stints at Grand Valley State (1987-2003), Central Michigan (2004-06), and Cincinnati Bearcats (2006-09) before a call from Notre Dame.

Over these years, Kelly has coached notable NFL players like Quenton Nelson, Jaylon Smith, Zack Martin, Harrison Smith, and Ronnie Stanley, to name a few.

Brian Kelly Siblings: Sister Kimberly Kelly, Their Age Gap?

The 2012 Walter Camp Coach of the Year, Brian Kelly, grew up in a Catholic family in Massachusetts with his sister, Kimberly Kelly. She is the younger sister of the college football coach.

They were born to their mother, Thelma Maitland, a retired county mental health worker, and father, Paul Kelly, an alderman.

Born on October 25, 1961, Brian is 62 years old as of 2024. On the other, his sister Kimberly’s date of birth is yet to be out; she is allegedly in her late 50s.

So, it can be said that the Kelly siblings have an age gap of a few years.

Brian Kelly Has A Younger Sister Named Kimberly Kelly
Brian Kelly Has A Younger Sister Named Kimberly Kelly (Source: Sports Illustrated)

Unlike her noted coach brother Brian, she refrains from the media limelight. Her only mention came in 2012 during an interview with the Independent.

She spoke highly of her brother, who used to play for Assumption University, stating he was a “Rudy-type linebacker” but “with a winning mentality.”

Moreover, Kimberly added that Brian, the then-coach of Notre Dame, “brought the family together in a shared experience.”

Kimberly Kelly Has A Daughter

The LSU coach has a niece, Sarah Kelly, the daughter of his sister, Kimberly.

Sarah graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a degree in English and Supplementary Gender Studies in 2019. Earlier, she studied at Bishop Garcia Diego High School.

She was born on February 8, 1997, which makes her 27 years old as of 2024.

Kimberly Kelly's Daughter Sarah With Her Partner
Kimberly Kelly’s Daughter Sarah With Her Partner (Source: Instagram)

Currently, she is a recruiting operations coordinator at LSU, where her uncle is the football head coach. Her cousin, Patrick, also works at LSU as a recurring and operations analyst.

Kimberly’s daughter, Sarah, is active on Instagram & often shares pictures with her partner, who goes by RJ under the IG handle @escamofo.

Are Brian Kelly And Chip Kelly Brothers?

No, Brian and Chip are not related, let alone being brothers. Many assume they may be relatives because of the same surname, “Kelly,” and their shared profession as college football coaches.

Born on November 25, 1963, in Dover, New Hampshire, Kelly is the head coach of the UCLA Bruins. Earlier, he coached the NFL teams: the 49ers and the Eagles.

On the other, Brian is a Massachusetts native who is the head coach at LSU.

Krishna Pandey
Krishna Pandey

Krishna Pandey

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