LOS ANGELES (KNX) — Bruins football coach Chip Kelly signed a new four-year contract with UCLA, athletics officials announced Friday. Kelly was to begin the final year of his initial five-year contract on Sunday.
“We are extremely appreciative of the entire UCLA administration for their support of our football program,” Kelly said in a press release. “We have a tremendous amount of gratitude for our players and staff. Their tireless work, and commitment to our vision has built a great foundation. We are excited to continue to build this program into something that makes the UCLA fanbase proud.”
Kelly led the Bruins to their first winning season during his tenure in 2021. UCLA beame bowl-eligible for the first time under his leadership, but the team was forced to back out of the Holiday Bowl the day of due to COVID-19 health and safety concerns.
“This new contract represents the commitment, stability and investment needed to continue the upward trajectory of our football program,” UCLA Athletic Director Martin Jarmond said of Kelly in a statement. “Since joining UCLA, our football team’s winning percentage has increased every year, including increased momentum in recruiting and strategic use of the transfer portal.”