NEWTON, NJ—Dirk Kelly, the Newton High School’s boys varsity basketball head coach was honored by the Newton Town Council on Monday.
On behalf of the town council, Mayor Sandra Diglio read aloud a proclamation about Kelly in front of the basketball team as well as friends and family members that were gathered in the municipal building for the event.
During the 2016-2017 season at Newton, Kelly won his 300th career high school game as coach of the Newton Braves, along with achieving the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, North 1, Section 2 and Boys Basketball Section State Championships.
Kelly spent 16 of his 22 seasons coaching Newton, beginning with a nine-year tenure that started in 1991, and returning for the last six.
He has been recognized for his outstanding coaching accomplishments by being named Mugs Media Coach of the Year for 2012-2013, 2015-2016 and 2016-2017, along with being named the New Jersey Herald’s Boys Basketball Coach of the Year in 2015 and 2016.
According to the proclamation, “one of Dirk’s proudest accomplishments was coaching his son Steven, while he score over 1,000 pints in the 2014 season.”
“Dirk is not only an outstanding coach, but Newton is proud to have him as a resident, where he, along with his wife, Jacqueline, have raised their three sons; Thomas, Steven, and Danny, and where Dirk has volunteered over the years coaching Newton’s Recreational Basketball Team.”
Mayor Diglio and the entire town council congratulated Kelly on his outstanding coaching accomplishments and wished him god luck in all his future endeavors.