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Stewart Kerr
Personal information
Full name James Stewart Robert Kerr[1]
Date of birth (1974-11-13) 13 November 1974 (age 45)[1]
Place of birth Bellshill, Scotland[1]
Playing position(s) Goalkeeper[1]
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1991–2001 Celtic 75 (0)
1994–1995Brighton (loan) 5 (0)
2001–2002 Wigan Athletic 8 (0)
Total 88 (0)
National team
1994–1996 Scotland U21 12 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

James Stewart Robert Kerr (born 13 November 1974) is a Scottish former professional footballer who played as a goalkeeper for Celtic, Brighton and Wigan Athletic. Kerr was forced into early retirement at the age of 27 due to a back injury.

Kerr was appointed to Scottish First Division club Airdrie United as goalkeeper coach in August 2008, where he was part of the Scottish Challenge Cup winning side and also recruited and mentored goalkeeper Lee Hollis who went on to play for Motherwell and Heart of Midlothian.

Kerr left that position to join Scottish Premier League side Motherwell in September 2009, where he was credited with developing current Norwich City and England goalkeeper John Ruddy, as well as West Ham and Republic of Ireland goalkeeper Darren Randolph.

Kerr left Motherwell in December 2011 to become goalkeeper coach for Major League Soccer side Toronto FC.[2][3] During his time at Toronto, Kerr was responsible for recruiting and developing current Orlando City Number 1 Joe Bendik and Canada international goalkeeper Quillan Roberts. Kerr also coached and prepared legendary Brazilian goalkeeper Julio Cesar in Toronto for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, which resulted in Cesar telling the world's press that Kerr was the best goalkeeper coach he has ever worked with.[4] On 31 August 2014 Kerr left his position as Goalkeeper Coach of Toronto FC after Ryan Nelsen was fired as head coach. On 13 November 2014, Kerr was appointed as a Soccer Consultant to Toronto FC's parent company, Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment.

On 24 December 2015, Kerr was named as first-team goalkeeper coach for MLS side Orlando City.[5] He worked again with Joe Bendik, who then had an outstanding season. Bendik won the MLS "Save of the Week" a record 11 times, with Kerr receiving huge credit for repairing Bendik"s confidence. On 8 December 2016 Kerr was promoted to the position of Director of Goalkeeping along with his position as First Team Goalkeeping Coach at Orlando City. One week later MLS side Vancouver Whitecaps asked for permission from Orlando City to speak to Kerr regarding the position of Head of Goalkeeping and First team Goalkeeper Coach after talks with Vancouver Kerr was appointed to the position on 5 January Kerr enjoyed great success reaching the Western Conference semi final and the Concacaf Champions league Semi Final in 2017.[6]

Kerr left Vancouver in 2018 when Carl Robinson was controversially sacked. Kerr was then reunited with Adrian Heath in 2019 with MLS Club Minnesota United and was appointed Head Of Goalkeeping/ First team Goalkeeping Coach and the club subsequently achieved its First Play off appearance.[7]

References

  1. ^ a b c d "Stewart Kerr". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 4 January 2020.
  2. ^ "Reds Hire New Keeper Coach". Toronto FC. 14 December 2011. Retrieved 14 December 2011.
  3. ^ "Toronto FC hires Kerr as goalie coach". CBC Sports. CBC. 14 December 2011. Retrieved 14 December 2016.
  4. ^ "The Scot who rebuilt the last line of defence for Brazil's World Cup hopes". Herald Scotland. 7 June 2014. Retrieved 29 December 2017.
  5. ^ Tenorio, Paul (23 December 2015). "Orlando City hires former Toronto FC goalkeeper coach Stewart Kerr". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved 14 December 2016.
  6. ^ https://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/soccer/back-injury-didnt-dull-passion-of-whitecaps-goalkeeper-coach-stewart-kerr/article34438871/
  7. ^ http://www.startribune.com/new-loons-coach-stewart-kerr-brings-pedigree-to-quest-of-molding-goalkeepers/560253942/

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