Former Notre Dame basketball player Marc Kelly ('82) - currently a Superior Court Judge in Orange County, Calif. - served as the President of the Monogram Club from 2007-2009, when he was succeeded by current Joe Restic ('79 football). He now serves on the board's past presidents council.
Kelly - who served on the Monogram Club board of directors from 2002-03, before being named to the presidential rotation - was a popular four-year walk-on with the Irish basketball team during the late 1970s and early '80s before embarking on a career in law. He was elected a Superior Court Judge in March of 2000, and is currently assigned to hear serious felony criminal cases.
A native of La Crescenta, Calif., Kelly was a two-year captain of the Crescenta Valley High School basketball team and led the team to three league titles and a combined record of 72-13 during that stretch. He averaged 26.2 points per game as a prep sophomore and set a school record by averaging six steals per game as a senior in 1977-78, when he earned first team all-league honors on a team that finished 26-4.
Kelly earned the nickname "Movie Man" at Notre Dame, due to his acting role in the 1978 movie Fast Break, in which he played on a starting five that included Bernard King, Mike Warren, Larry Farmer and Raymond Townsend. He went on to appear in 45 games during four seasons as a walk-on guard at Notre Dame, with his teammates including the likes of Bill Laimbeer, Orlando Woolridge, Bill Hanzlik, John Paxson, Kelly Tripucka, Rich Branning and Tracy Jackson.
As one of just two seniors on the 1981-82 team, Kelly was a regular member of the travelling squad and earned a varsity monogram before graduating with a degree in economics. He led his team to the championship game of the 1982 Bookstore Basketball tournament, along with fellow board member Buster Lopes, and also coached a team led by Tripucka to the championship in the 1981 tournament.
He spent the 1982-83 season playing professionally in Ireland with the Belfast-based Annadale club team, averaging 28 ppg while leading Annadale to the Division II co-championship of the Irish Basketball League. Kelly then attended the University of San Diego School of Law, graduating in 1987, and served the next 12 years as a senior deputy district attorney in Orange County, where he prosecuted gang murder cases.
Kelly and his wife, Sara, were married in 1986 and currently reside in Newport Beach with their sons Will and Connor. Kelly has served as a youth basketball coach, recently coaching Connor's Newport Sailor team to the 2009 All-Net state title. Kelly is also an active tennis player, who captured the Southern California Adoption Guild 6.0 Mens Doubles Championship in 2008.
Hon. Marc Kelly