Who is Paqui Kelly?
Francisca Barbara Craig was born in the USA on 9 February 1966 – her zodiac sign is Aquarius, she holds American nationality and is of Spanish descent. She’s probably only known as Paqui Kelly, the wife of famous American Football coach, Brian Kelly, who’s currently the head coach of the Louisiana State University’s Tigers.
Early life and education
Paqui was raised in the US by her parents, but about whom nothing’s known as she respects their privacy; it’s believed that her father was a doctor, and her mother a nurse. Because Paqui hasn’t mentioned having any siblings, fans believe her to be an only child.
She grew up being focused on her education, as she was urged by her parents to pursue a college degree. Paqui was interested in a couple of activities during her high school years, and practiced creative writing, acted with the school’s drama club, and played volleyball.
Upon matriculating in 1984, she enrolled at Grand Valley State University, graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in 1988; two years later, Paqui left the same university with a Master’s Degree in education.
Paqui’s fight with breast cancer
Paqui is a two-time survivor of breast cancer, and while she’s spent the majority of her life being a housewife and raising her and Brian’s children, she has recently founded the Kelly Cares Foundation, and is today working as its Vice President.
Love life and marriage with Brian Kelly
Paqui hasn’t shared many details regarding her love life with the public, but has still allowed her fans to have a glimpse into it. She and Brian haven’t shared any details of their wedding, but it’s said that they exchanged vows in a private ceremony, attended by only the closest of their friends and family members. It’s also believed that Paqui and Brian have been married – or at least together – for at least two decades, as they have three adult children: Patrick, Grace and Kenzel.
Neither of the two have spoken of any other people whom they have perhaps been with, so as of February 2022, Paqui’s married to Brian Kelly, and they have three children together.
Hobbies and other interests
Paqui seems to be enjoying running the Instagram page of her Kelly Cares Foundation; it’s today subscribed to by more than 1,000 people, and numbers over 300 pictures uploaded onto it, most featuring people who have been helped by the foundation.
Paqui is into travelling, and has been all around the US, mostly to watch her husband and his football teams play; the two have also vacationed in several European and Asian countries, while her dream travel destination is Tokyo, Japan.
She’s a lover of animals, with cats and turtles being her favorites, and Paqui has apparently donated money to an animal shelter near her home.
She enjoys watching movies late at night, and her favorite actors and actresses are Jim Carrey, Will Smith and Julia Roberts, while a couple of her favorite movies include “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective”, “I Am Legend” and “The Runaway Bride”.
Age, height and net worth
Paqui’s age is 56. She has long brown hair and blue eyes, her height is 5ft 5ins (1.65m) and she weighs around 155lbs (70kgs).
As of February 2022, her and Brian’s shared net worth has been estimated at more than $30 million.
Who is her husband Brian Kelly?
Brian Keith Kelly was born in Everett, Massachusetts USA, on 25 October 1961 – his zodiac sign is Libra, and he holds American nationality. He has been a football coach for more than three decades now, and has won various championships and awards.
Brian was raised in Chelsea, Massachusetts alongside his sister Kimberly Kelly, by their father Paul Kelly who was a Boston politician, and their mother Thelma Maitland who was a housewife. He became interested in football while still attending a local high school, and played for his school team. Upon matriculating in 1979, Brian enrolled at Assumption College, and played for their football team as a linebacker; he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in political sciences in 1983, and then spent the following three years working as the college football team’s defensive co-ordinator and linebackers coach, while he also coached their softball team.
In 1987, Brian started working at Grand Valley State University as the defensive backs coach of their football team the Lakers, then in 1989 became the recruiting and defensive coordinator, and two years later their head coach. In 2002, they won all of their 14 games, and that year and 2003, the Lakers won the National Championship; the success of his team won Brian the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Division II Coach of the Year Award. He spent a total of 13 years as the Lakers’ head coach, and their, his record was 118 wins, 35 loses and two draws.
In 2003, he became the head coach of the Central Michigan University’s Chippewas, a team which, at that time, hadn’t had a winning season (more wins than loses) in seven years. He helped them end the 2005 season with the record of 6-5, breaking their losing strike, and in 2006, the Chippewas won the MAC Championship.
Brian became the Cincinnati Bearcats’ head coach on 3 December 2006, and they went on to win the 2007 International Bowl; on 5 December 2007, he was named Big East Coach of the Year. In 2008, Brian became the first head coach to win all of the Bearcats’ travelling trophies: the River City Rivalry Trophy, the Keg of Nails and the Victory Bell.
He began coaching the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in December 2009, and remained with them until the 2021 season. The team had a score of 92-39 in those 12 years, but didn’t win a championship, while Brian won a couple of awards, including the 2012 SN Coach of the Year, the 2012 Walter Camp Coach of the Year and the 2018 Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year.
On 30 November 2021, he became the 33rd head coach of the Louisiana State University’s Tigers, with a reputed yearly salary of $9 million.