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A look at Laviolette's time with the Flyers
Chip Kelly on Monday became the longest-tenured coach of Philadelphia coaches representing the four major professional sports. (AP)
When the Eagles hired Chip Kelly on Jan. 16, his Philly coaching colleagues were Doug Collins, Charlie Manuel and Peter Laviolette.
Remember those guys?
Less than nine months later, Kelly is the only one left.
On Monday, Kelly became the dean of Philadelphia coaches representing the four major professional sports when the Flyers fired Laviolette after nearly four years of him in charge (see story). Collins was fired in April after three seasons and Manuel was fired in August after nearly nine seasons.
Kelly was asked Monday about the oddity of becoming the dean of Philadelphia’s four head coaches or managers from the generally accepted four major-league sports after being on the Eagles sideline for just five games.
“It's kind of the crazy reality of what we deal with, but it's unfortunate,” Kelly said. “I know Pete a little bit. He's a good guy. I think as a coach you understand that it's a possibility going in, but it's still tough.”
Like Laviolette and 76ers coach Brett Brown, Kelly hails from New England. Kelly grew up in Manchester, N.H., and played hockey as a kid. Laviolette is from Norwood, Mass., and Brown is from Portland, Maine.
“I think there is another college coach that got let go this week at Miami of Ohio (Don Treadwell),” Kelly said. “It's hard. It's the reality of our profession, and it's unfortunate. You feel for the guys and you feel for their families.”
The overall dean of Philadelphia coaches is Herb Magee, who’s in his 45th year as head basketball coach at Philadelphia University, formerly Philadelphia Textile. John Hackworth has been head coach of the Union since August, 2012.