Coach of the Year Award is a team award for Kelly

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WNDU) - This past week has been a good one for Brian Kelly.

First Notre Dame makes the College Football Playoff for the first time in school history. Then later in the week, Kelly was awarded the Home Depot Coach of the Year.

This is the third time Kelly has won the award and he is the only coach to ever win it multiple times.

He won the award back in 2009 when he was the head coach at Cincinnati, and in 2012, when he led Notre Dame to the National Championship game against Alabama.

Kelly says it is gratifying to win the honor but it's not because he gets to fill up the trophy case at home. He says this award is a reflection of the team's hard work, and that is what's most satisfying.

"When you win a Coach of the Year award, it has to come everybody pulling in the same direction," Kelly said. "An individual award for me is not why I got into this but, when you look at it, it's about your entire team. It's about your support staff. It's about having really good players. That is satisfying because everyone shares in that."

Kelly was also satisfied to get back to the practice field today.

The Irish held their first postseason practice this afternoon as they start preparations for Clemson.

Notre Dame takes on the Tigers in exactly three weeks from tonight in the Cotton Bowl.