Ozark-native Charles Kelly Promoted to FSU D-Coordinator

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(DOTHAN)-- The Florida State Seminoles didn't have to go far to find their next defensive coordinator. The Noles have promoted Charles Kelly to be their new defensive coordinator.

Kelly will take over for Jeremy Pruitt who left the Noles for the defensive coordinator position at Georgia.

Sal Sunseri has been promoted to Assistant Head Coach.

Kelly is a native of Ozark, Alabama. Prior to this past season with the Seminoles Kelly coached for seven seasons at Georgia Tech.

During his time with the Yellow Jackets, he also served stints coaching the cornerbacks and special teams.

Kelly went to Nicholls State in 2002 from Eufaula (Ala.) High School, where he served as defensive coordinator and linebackers coach for two seasons.

Prior to his move to the high school ranks, the Ozark, Ala., native spent one season (1999) as defensive coordinator at Henderson State and two seasons as defensive coordinator at Jacksonville State.

His term as defensive coordinator at Jacksonville State culminated a five-year stay on the JSU staff (1994-98), and he also coordinated the offense and coached the defensive backs, running backs, quarterbacks and receivers over the course of his stay.

A 1990 graduate of Auburn with a degree in secondary math education, Kelly played defensive back under former Tiger coach Pat Dye. His senior class put together a four-year record of 39-7-2 while participating in four bowl games.

In 2002, Kelly earned a master's degree in education from Troy State. Kelly and his wife, Kristy, have three daughters, Caroline, Kathleen and Charli Grace.

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