John Kerr begins his first season as Harvard's men's coach in 1999. He brings an accomplished playing career to Cambridge, and the hope of extending Harvard's history for producing great soccer teams.
John Kerr won the Hermann Trophy while leading Duke to the 1986 NCAA championship. For the past two years, he has served as player/coach for the Boston Bulldogs of the professional A-League. In addition to over 10 years of national and international playing experience, which includes 17 U.S. National Team appearances, Kerr has coached at the youth, high school, collegiate, and professional levels in both England and the United States.
A 1987 graduate of Duke, Kerr was a two-time First Team All-American and became the first-ever winner of the Missouri Athletic Club Collegiate Player of the Year award while also being tabbed Player of the Year by Soccer America, Adidas, and the Atlantic Coast Conference in 1986. He began playing for the U.S. National Team in 1984 (while just a sophomore at Duke at the age of 19), and would remain with the team until 1995.
After graduating from college, Kerr played professionally in England, Ireland, France, Canada, and the United States. He won a Major Soccer League title as a member of the San Diego Sockers in 1991-92. From 1992 to 1995, he played for the Millwall Football Club in the English First Division before joining the Dallas Burn of Major League Soccer in 1996.
Kerr then spent two seasons with the New England Revolution prior to joining the Boston Bulldogs in 1998. Kerr's coaching experience began in 1988, when he was a youth coach in London's Football Association for two years. He returned to his alma mater in 1992 to serve as the top assistant coach for one season, helping to guide the Blue Devils to the national semifinals. And in 1997 and 1998, Kerr was the head junior varsity coach and assistant varsity coach at Wellesley High School in Wellesely, MA.
Born in Toronto, Canada, Kerr represents the 11th coach in the 87-year history of the Harvard men's soccer program. He is 34-years-old and married to Tracy Kerr, an assistant coach with the Crimson women's soccer team in 1997 and 1998 and who now serves as the head coach at Providence College.
Kerr at a Glance
updated August 23, 1999
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