Scoop Kelly

Bel Air head coach Scoop Kelly celebrates with his team after defeating Howard in the boys lacrosse regional championship game at Howard High School in 2012. The win was Kelly's 100th in his high school coaching career. (Brian Krista / Patuxent Publishing / May 16, 2012)

Bel Air boys lacrosse coach Scoop Kelly, 40, died at his home in Bel Air on Saturday morning.

Kelly, born Feb. 19, 1973, was in a serious car accident early in the week, but had returned home from the hospital and was recovering. It was unclear on Saturday whether the accident played a role in Kelly's death.

"His commitment to the kids was fantastic," Bel Air athletic director Phyllis Hemmes said. "That's always where his focus was — on the boys and their futures. He's a very caring person."

Kelly, who also taught social studies at Bel Air, took over the varsity lacrosse program in 2005.


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Last year, he led the Bobcats to a 12-4 season and a trip to the Class 4A/3A South region title game. He also was the owner and director of the Tribe Lacrosse program, which he founded in 2000.

Kelly was a 1991 graduate of Fallston High School and attended Mary Washington College, where he was a starting attackman on the lacrosse team, according to Tribe Lacrosse's website.

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