Lubbock ISD coaching legend Louis Kelley dies

Lubbock ISD coaching legend Louis Kelley dies

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

Louis Kelley, former Estacado and Dunbar coaching legend, has died, Lubbock ISD confirmed Friday. He was 81.

Kelley coached football at Estacado High School from 1975 until 2000. His overall record at EHS was 200-74-9. He was also the head football coach at Dunbar High School from 1970-1975.

While at Estacado, his teams won 17 district championships, played in four state semi-final games and the state championship game in 1983. Kelley was named Lubbock Avalanche-Journal Coach of the Year eight times.

He was inducted into the Texas High School Coaches Association Hall of Honor in 1997, inducted into the Abilene ISD Hall of Honor in 1988 and inducted into the New Mexico State University Hall of Fame in 2004. In 2001, Kelley was named as the Texas Tech Legendary Coach of the Year.

Kelley coached in the Lubbock ISD for 40 years.

Lubbock ISD Executive Director of Athletics Mike Meeks issued this statement:

The entire Lubbock ISD family is deeply saddened by the loss of Coach Louis Kelley this morning. Coach Kelley was a vital part of Lubbock ISD athletics for many years. He mentored and loved thousands of athletes across our district and his influence will be felt for generations to come. Coach Kelley meant so much to so many of the lives he touched in his 40-year career in Lubbock ISD.

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