Michael Kelly, a veteran amateur baseball coach and professional scout, has been appointed the new varsity baseball coach at Loyola Blakefield, replacing Jimmy Crowley who stepped down following the 2012 season.

Kelly, who founded the Blue Chips Baseball Club and serves as that organization’s Director of Instruction, began his coaching career in 1990 as an assistant at CCBC-Dundalk, where he spent four seasons. He also coached with the legendary Johnny’s Baseball Club, and served as head coach with two different teams in the defunct Baltimore Metro League.

“I’m very excited to take over a program in the MIAA A Conference where we play against the best,” said Kelly. “Loyola is a great school and we have a great group of kids returning. Coach Crowley left the program in good shape.”

From 1991 thru 1995, Kelly served as an Associate Scout for the Atlanta Braves, scouting players and managing tryout camps in the Mid-Atlantic Region. During his career he has coached two No. 1 draft picks and three players who have gone to play in the major leagues. In addition, he has coached more than 50 Division 1 players, coached in the World Port Tournament in Rotterdam Holland in 1991, where he won a world championship, and coached in AAABA Baseball National Championships in Johnstown, PA.

As a player, we was the MVP at CCBC-Dundalk in 1988.