Tom Kearly begins his 11th season as head football coach at Michigan Tech in 2016 after posting a 7-3 overall record in 2015. The Huskies finished tied for fourth in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference standings and went undeafeated at home with a perfect 5-0 record at Sherman Field.
In 2014, Kearly guided the Huskies to their second NCAA Playoff berth thanks to a 9-1 regular season record; the fourth nine-win season in school history. MTU gained the No. 3 seed in NCAA Super Region 3 and finished tied for second in the GLIAC regular season standings.
Kearly, who began his stint at Tech in 2000 as associate head coach and offensive coordinator, has built the Huskies into one of the top teams perennially in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
His teams have amassed a 44-18 record over the last six years with records of 8-2, 7-4, 7-3, 6-4, 9-2, and 7-3 in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015 respectively. The Huskies claimed just their second-ever GLIAC title in 2012 with a share of the North Division. Kearly was the 2010 GLIAC Coach of the Year after turning around a 2-8 2009 squad to a playoff contender at 8-2.
Michigan Tech is 66-38 since Kearly took over with nine winning seasons and nine top-five finishes in the GLIAC. The veteran football coach with more than 30 years experience has helped the Huskies compile a 99-66 record since joining the staff 16 years ago. The Huskies’ offense has flourished under his leadership, averaging nealry 30 points per game and producing 29 All-GLIAC First Team players. Michigan Tech has consistently been ranked among the top teams in the league in total offense and rushing offense.
Prior to coming to Michigan Tech, Kearly spent 19 seasons at NCAA Division I Central Michigan, including the last six as associate head coach and last nine as offensive coordinator. During that time, Kearly coached 13 All-Mid-America Conference players, two MAC most valuable players, and the school’s only NCAA Division I First Team All-American. His 1996 offense set a then-MAC record for total offense with an average of 477 yards per game.
Kearly began his coaching career as a student assistant at Winona State in 1979. He spent the 1980 season as defensive secondary coach at Michigan Tech before moving to CMU as a graduate assistant working with the secondary. He became a full-time assistant coach for the Chippewas in 1983, coaching outside linebackers. In 1987, Kearly moved to the offensive side of the ball, working with the offensive backfield. He was promoted to offensive coordinator in 1991.
Kearly, a native of Hancock, Mich., holds a bachelor’s degree in physical education from Winona State and a master’s in athletic administration from CMU. Kearly and his wife, Patty, have two sons, Kyle and Tanner.