California University of Pennsylvania announced on Thursday morning that Mike Kellar has been named head coach of the Vulcan football program.
Kellar served as Cal U's offensive coordinator from 2004-2008, then spent two years as head coach at Concord (W.Va.) University, where he led the Mountain Lions to a two-year record of 14-8.
In 2011, Kellar returned to Cal U for his sixth season as offensive coordinator and his first as associate head coach for offense.
"I would like thank the administration at Cal U for this opportunity, and I would especially like to thank Coach John Luckhardt for all he has done," Kellar said. "I plan to build on the success he had here. Our goal is to win a championship — that has not changed."
Luckhardt announced last week that he intends to retire on Aug. 3.
A West Virginia native, Kellar began his coaching career at Fairmont State, his alma mater. During his eight years as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, the Falcons won a pair of WVIAC championships.
Kellar accepted the offensive coordinator position at Northern Michigan in 2002. That season the Wildcats set school records for passing attempts, completions and yards; in 2003 they finished second in the conference in both total offense and passing yards.
"Cal U looks forward to the leadership Mike Kellar will give the football program as head coach," said Dr. Karen Hjerpe, interim athletic director. "His energy, enthusiasm, and knowledge of the game are contagious. Coach Kellar will continue the academic and athletic success in football, and we are excited about the 2012 season."
"Coach Kellar is committed to both academic and athletic excellence," said Acting President Geraldine M. Jones. "I fully support and enjoy the rich football tradition we have at Cal U, and I look forward to Coach Kellar, his staff and our student-athletes continuing our national prominence."