Chris Kelly joined the Case Western Reserve University cross country team as an assistant coach prior to the start of the 2016 season.
In his first two seasons with the team, Kelly helped to coach junior Sam Merriman to an All-America finish at the NCAA Championship meet, in addition to All-UAA First Team and All-Region awards each year. On the women's side, under Kelly's tutelage, Danielle Kulpins received both All-UAA Second Team and All-Region honors in 2016 and all-region honors in 2017, while Madeline Lindemann earned All-UAA Second Team recognition in 2017.
Kelly returned to coach at his alma mater, where he was a standout competitor for the Spartans. He finished 10th at the UAA Championships his senior year to earn all-conference second team honors, and added a ninth-place finish at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional Championships that season, claiming all-region recognition as well. Kelly was a member of CWRU's national team in 2012 as well, and served as a captain of both the cross country and track and field teams during his senior year.
Kelly graduate from Case Western Reserve in 2013 with a degree in Materials Science and Engineering.