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Robert E. Kelley

Hall of Fame


Inducted 1984


Rutgers University

General Robert Kelley is a 1956 Rutgers graduate who earned first team All-American honors as a midfielder in 1955 and 1956. He was also voted Rutgers' outstanding athlete for both of those years. An All-Metro selection at New York's Peekskill Military Academy, Kelley continued his career at Rutgers where he became the all-time leading scorer with 100 goals in three varsity seasons. He was the fourth leading scorer in the nation as a senior with 39 goals. Kelley averaged 3.9 goals per game his last two years. Kelley co-captained the Rutgers varsity football and lacrosse teams, and co-captained the 1956 North All-Star Team. 

Kelley received Rutgers' Scholar Athlete Award, the Outstanding Air Force ROTC Cadet Award and was a distinguished military graduate. In 1967, General Kelley became the first varsity lacrosse coach at the Air Force Academy. His first team posted an 8-2 record and won the Rocky Mountain Conference title. He was also the vice-president of the Rocky Mountain Lacrosse Association, and led the expansion of lacrosse in that region in the mid-1960s. General Kelley went on to become the United States Air Force Academy's ninth Superintendent in 1981. He passed away in February, 2021.