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GoFundMe for Jamie Kelly, former ODU wrestler, coach

A GoFundMe page has been established for Jamie Kelly, former Old Dominion University wrestler who later returned to his college alma mater as an assistant coach. Kelly passed away unexpectedly this week at age 44.

The page, which was established "for the future benefit of Jamie and Jacqueline's children," has raised approximately $17,000 of an eventual goal of $50,000.

Jamie Kelly
Born in Norfolk, Virginia, Jamie Robert Kelly was a student-athlete at Great Bridge High School, where he was twice a Virginia state wrestling championships finalist for legendary coach Billy Martin. Kelly was described in his obituary as "a contributing member of the Great Bridge Wildcat wrestling dynasty."

Kelly continued his academic and athletic career in the Commonwealth of Virginia as a student at Old Dominion University. In his four years as a Monarch wrestler, Kelly compiled a 90-38 record. As a senior, Kelly qualified for the NCAA Division I Championships as a wild card selection. Among his collegiate mat accomplishments: winning the Virginia Intercollegiate state championship at 158 pounds ... a three-time Old Dominion Invitation champ ... and runner-up at the CAA (Colonial Athletic Association) championships.

Kelly later returned to ODU in fall 2003 as an assistant to yet another coaching legend, head coach Gray Simons. He also served as head wrestling coach at Cox High School in Virginia. Kelly then crafted a career in the Department of the Navy.

Old Dominion wrestling posted this message on its Facebook page:

"This past Tuesday we lost one of our own in Jamie Kelly. Jamie was an NCAA Qualifier and an ODU team captain. He wrestled for coach Martin at the local Great Bridge High School and continued on to wrestle at ODU under coach Simons and graduated in '98. Our thoughts are prayers are with the Kelly family at this time. Please consider helping out his family members during this difficult time and times to come."

Jamie Kelly is survived by his parents John and Jackie; his wife of 16 years, Jacqueline; two children, Elizabeth and Owen; his sister, Mandy Young (Jeremy), as well as numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, in-laws and extended family.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, August 31, 2019 at St. Stephen, Martyr Roman Catholic Church, Chesapeake, Va. The family will receive friends 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., Friday at the church.

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