Jan 14, 2016 2:57 PM

San Francisco 49ers hire NH native Chip Kelly as new head coach

The Associated Press

Chip Kelly, a N.H. native, has been hired by the San Francisco 49ers.

READ: Philadelphia Eagles fire head coach and NH native Chip Kelly

After being fired from the Philadelphia Eagles in late December, Kelly officially signed with the California team on Thursday.

49ers CEO Jed York shared the news on Twitter.

"After a thorough search, Trent & I are thrilled to announce Chip Kelly as the new #HeadCoach of the @49ers," York wrote, referring to general manager Trent Baalke.

The team is counting on the offensive-minded Kelly to turn the once-proud franchise back into a contender.

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