Chargers fill two key positions

The San Diego Chargers have named JoJo Wooden to be the team’s new director of player personnel and Kevin Kelly as its new director of college scouting.

Wooden spent the last 16 seasons with the New York Jets (1997-12), including the last six as the team’s assistant director, player personnel.  He originally joined the Jets in 1997 and served previously as a pro personnel assistant (1997-98), pro scout (1999-00), senior pro scout/AFC (2001-02), assistant director of pro scouting (2003) and director of pro scouting (2004-06). 

Wooden started two seasons at outside linebacker at Syracuse. The Orangemen went to five bowl games during his time with the team posted back-to-back 10-2 seasons during his junior and senior seasons, finishing both years ranked nationally in the Top-10. After graduating, Wooden went to training camp with the Arizona Cardinals in 1993.

Wooden is a native of Hartford, Connecticut, and earned a degree in sociology from Syracuse. He is married, Sarah, and the couple has two daughters.

Wooden’s older brother, Terry, played nine seasons in the NFL as a linebacker, including one each with Oakland and Kansas City, and seven with Seattle. He’s currently a college scout for the New Orleans Saints.

Kelly also joins the Chargers from the Jets, where he spent 2012 as a personnel scout. Prior to that, he spent three seasons (2009-11) as an area scout with the Indianapolis Colts and eight seasons as an area scout with the Cleveland Browns (2001-08). In Indianapolis, he worked with Chargers General Manager Tom Telesco.

Kelly went to school at Indiana University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in economics and a master’s in sports marketing and management. He began his college playing career as a (position?) at Miami in 1983 when the Hurricanes won the national championship. He transferred to Indiana where he played from 1984-87, captaining the Hoosiers’ 1987 Peach Bowl team.

After graduating, Kelly spent 12 seasons in the coaching ranks before becoming a scout. He started as a defensive graduate assistant at Indiana (1989-92) before coaching the defensive line at Lake Forest College in 1993, linebackers at John Carroll University in 1994, defensive coordinator at Case Western University in 1995 and head coach at St. Viator High School in Illinois from 1996-00.

Kelly and his wife Allison have two sons, Ryan and Payton, and a daughter, Abigal.

May 6, 2013

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