Neil Kelly is entering his first season as Defense Coach with the Houston SaberCats. Before beginning his coaching career, Kelly played club level rugby for the Featherstone Rovers, Wakefield Trinity, and Hunslet Hawks as a hooker or loose lock forward. Originally from Wakefield, West Riding of Yorkshire in England, Kelly began his coaching career at the international level for the Namibia national rugby union team in 2011. Before joining the SaberCats, Kelly served as the head coach of his former team, Dewsbury Rams, in 2017.