HELENA — Long-time Helena Capital coach and teacher Tim Kelly announced his intention to retire at the end of the 2018-2019 school year.

Kelly, who served the Bruins in several capacities coaching volleyball, assistant boys and girls track, JV boys basketball and freshmen girls basketball before becoming the head girls basketball coach, and also serving as a golf coach, said he choose to retire on his own. Kelley began his career with Capital in 1991.

"Several things changed about education over 33 years, and some good and some not so good," Kelly said. "I just felt like the time was right to make a decision (to retire)."

Helena School District Activities Director Tim McMahon said Kelly set an excellent example for the students and faculty during his 27-year tenure at Capital.

"He has impacted hundreds of students over the years both in the classroom and at practices," McMahon said. "Tim constantly looked for the good in students, and he helped to guide them to be their best academically and athletically.”

Kelly, who began at Capital in 1991 and also taught in Park City, served in education for 33 years. He started his teaching career at O'Dea High School in Seattle during the 1987-1988 school year. Kelly said he contemplated retirement for over a year before ultimately deciding it was time.

"I don't know there was just one (reason)," Kelly said. "The difficult part is when you are a coach, and you are always looking at the upcoming groups (of kids) and saying 'I'll stay until these kids graduate,' and there was always another group of kids behind them. I just felt the time (to retire) was right."

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