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John Kerr, Jr.
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Personal information
Full name John Kerr, Jr.
Date of birth March 6, 1965 (1965-03-06) (age 44)
Place of birth    Toronto, Canada
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Midfield
Youth career
1988-91 Duke
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
Peterborough United (loan)
Wycombe Wanderers
Washington Stars
Hamilton Steelers
San Diego Sockers (indoor)
Dallas Burn
New England Revolution
Boston Bulldogs
06 (0)
10 (1)

12 (3)
26 (4)   
National team
1990-1996 United States 16 (2)
Teams managed
Boston Bulldogs
Duke University

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

John Kerr, Jr. (born March 6, 1965) is an American retired soccer midfielder who played professionally in the United States, Canada, England and Northern Ireland. He is currently head coach of the Duke University soccer team.

Kerr was named the 1986 Hermann Award winner as the top collegiate player of the year. He also earned sixteen caps, scoring two goals, with the U.S. national team.


Duke University

Kerr played collegiately at Duke University. During his four years at Duke he was a two time first-team All-America. In 1986, he was the captain of the Duke team which won the NCAA national champsionship. He won the Hermann Award as the NCAA Player of the Year as a senior. In 2004, Duke University inducted Kerr into its Sports Hall of Fame.

While at Duke he began his international career.

First American in English First Division

After graduating from Duke, Kerr became the first American player in the Football League First Division (now known as the Premiership) when he signed with Portsmouth.[1] That year, 1987, he made 4 appearances. Later that season he was loaned out to Peterborough United of the fourth division.

Back to the United States

In 1988, Kerr returned to U.S., and played with several American teams, including the Washington Stars of the American Soccer League.

England, France, Northern Ireland and Canada

Kerr returned to Europe with Wycombe Wanderers in the Vauxhall Conference for 1988. In 1990 he played for French Third Division side Boulogne-Sur-Mer and Northern Irish side Linfield F.C.. Kerr then played 1991 with the Hamilton Steelers of the Canadian Soccer League.

Indoor Soccer

In 1992, won a Major Soccer League indoor soccer title with the San Diego Sockers.

Back in England

He competed for Millwall from 1992-94 and Walsall in 1995.

Major League Soccer

Kerr once again returned to the States, playing for the Dallas Burn and later the New England Revolution of MLS. He was part of the first in-season trade in MLS history when the Burn dealt him to the Revs for Zak Ibsen. He then went on to become player-coach of the Boston Bulldogs of the USL A-League.[2]

National team

Kerr first played for the United States men's national soccer team while in college. He soon became a regular player on the team and saw considerable playing time until 1988. From then until 1995, he failed to earn any more caps. However, that year he again played for the team. While a brief return, it was significant in that he was on the U.S. team which placed fourth at the 1995 Copa America. He finished his national team career with 16 appearances and 2 goals.


Kerr began coaching while in England and continued intermittently over the years until he finally retired from playing professionally in 1997. In 1992 and 1993, he served as an assistant coach at Duke University. In 1997, he was the junior varsity and assistant varsity coach with Wellesley High School in Wellesley, Massachusetts.[3] In 1998, he became the head coach of the Boston Bulldogs in the USISL. In 1999, he returned as head coach for the Bulldogs, now playing in the USL A-League.[4] That fall, Harvard hired Kerr to coach its men's team. He coached Harvard through the 2007 fall season, finishing with a record of 81-57-13.

On December 19, 2007, Kerr was named head coach of Duke University. In his first year he led Duke to a 10-8-2 record and a berth in the NCAA Tournament[5].


Kerr's father John Kerr, Sr. is a former Canadian international.


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