Middle Tennessee assistant track and field coach Roger Kerr has quite an extensive resume, which includes more experiences than most head coaches around the country. Then again, Kerr has a solid history as a head coach.
The former head coach at Arizona State, Illinois State and Evansville is still involved in collegiate track and field competition for one simple reason -- the Iowa native enjoys teaching and working with young athletes. In his nine previous years with the Blue Raiders, Kerr has focused much of his energy on working with sprinters, hurdlers and weights. Kerr also deals with team equipment and helps with recruiting duties.
Kerr earned his bachelor's and master's in Physical Education at the University of Iowa, where he was a three-year star on the track and field team. By the time Kerr graduated from Iowa in 1963, he held school records in the 600 and 660 as well as a share of the indoor and outdoor one-mile relay. Both the 600 and 660 records stood for more than 20 years.
Upon earning his master's, Kerr became the head coach at the University of Evansville for both men's track and field and cross country before moving on to Purdue University . In his six years at Purdue, Kerr served as head coach of the men's cross country team while working as an assistant to the men's track and field program. Kerr also earned his Ph.D. in Educational Administration while at Purdue.
Kerr then had a four-year stint at Illinois State, thanks in part to Dean Hayes. While at ISU, Kerr also served as an assistant to the athletic director.
A midwestern boy all his life, Kerr uprooted himself and moved to Tempe, Ariz., where he spent eight years as the head women's track and field coach for the Arizona State Sun Devils, as well as assistant coach for the men's program. While in the "Valley of the Sun," Kerr's teams accummulated five national placings, two conference titles, 12 individual Olympians, two gold medalists and one Olympic silver medalist. At that point, Kerr took his 20 years of coaching experience and 26 years of being involved in track and field at the collegiate level and focused his attention on international competition.
Kerr has worked at both the Summer Olympic Games in Los Angeles ('84) and Atlanta ('96). He has also worked the Winter Olympic Games in Calgary, Alberta ('88) and Lillehammer, Norway ('94), as well as the Pan-American Games in Indianapolis, Ind. ('87), and Buenos Aires, Argentina ('95). With his vast experience at the college level, it should come as no surprise that Kerr has worked at the World University Games in Buffalo, N.Y. ('93) and San Francisco, Calif. ('95).
Kerr's experience includes, but is not limited to, athletic ticket coordination, athletic transportation arrangements, and athletic coordination for ABC and BBC television for post-event interviews at the Summer Olympic Games in Los Angeles. He also has carried out tasks in the areas of administrative preparation and arrangements and equipment and clothing distribution.
He also has taken part in the United States Olympic Festival in Baton Rouge, La. (1985), Houston, Texas (1986), and Colorado Springs, Colo. (1995). During the time Kerr worked at various international events, he also worked as an independent commodities and financial broker before returning to the love of his life -- college track and field.