Larry Kerr is in his third season as defensive coordinator/ linebackers coach at UCLA. He came to UCLA in January of 2003 after serving the previous 10 seasons as defensive coordinator at Colorado State University.
In 2004, Kerr helped to develop a young group in which 26 defensive players either made their first career starts or saw their first varsity action. One of the veterans, linebacker Spencer Havner, led the Pac-10 in tackles and was a semifinalist for both the Butkus and the Lombardi Awards.
In 2003, UCLA ranked 18th nationally and second in the Pac-10 in total defense and tied for the Pac-10 lead in fewest defensive touchdowns allowed (27 in 13 games). Senior inside linebacker Brandon Chillar recorded a Pac-10 best 133 tackles, the ninth-highest season total in school history.
During Kerr's 10 years as Sonny Lubick's defensive coordinator and linebackers coach, the Ram defense led the conference in total defense twice and was second once and third once. The Rams played in seven bowl games and won six conference championships during Kerr's decade at the Fort Collins, CO school.
In 2002, CSU compiled a record of 10-4, won the Mountain West Conference, played in the Liberty Bowl and ranked fourth in the league in total defense. Four CSU defenders were selected All-Mountain West Conference first or second team. He was also a nominee for the Frank Broyles Assistant Coach of the Year Award. In 2000, linebacker Rick Crowell was named Defensive Player of the Year in the Mountain West Conference, the second time a Rams' player had been so honored during Kerr's tenure. He was also named the team's defensive MVP in the Liberty Bowl win over Louisville.
During his tenure at Colorado State, Kerr coached seven first-team all-conference players, including Eric Pauly (2001), Ula Tuitele (1999), Rick Crowell (1998, `00), Willie Taylor (1997), Nate Kvamme (1996, `97) and Brian Schneider (1993). In addition, Pauly was named a second-team Academic All-American in 2001 and Tuitele (1999) and Crowell (2000) both played in the Hula Bowl all-star game.
Kerr, 52, went to Colorado State after having spent three seasons (1990-92) as assistant head coach and defensive coordinator at Northern Arizona. During those first two years, Karl Dorrell was the Lumberjacks' offensive coordinator. In 1989, Kerr served as inside linebackers coach and special teams coordinator at UCLA under Terry Donahue. He spent the six previous seasons (1983-88) serving in that same capacity at Stanford. Prior to Stanford, he served as the inside linebackers coach at San Jose State (1980-83).
Kerr, who was born on June 8, 1953 in Abbington, PA, began his collegiate coaching career at St. Mary's College (1979-80) in Moraga, CA. He was also previously the head coach at Pioneer High from 1978-79.
He earned his Bachelor's Degree in Physical Education from San Jose State in 1975 and earned a Master's Degree in Physical Education from San Jose State in 1982. Larry and his wife Tracy are the parents of two daughters: Kelly, and Lindsey. Kelly graduated from Colorado State and was a member of the Rams' nationally-ranked volleyball team. Lindsey also played on the Colorado State women's volleyball squad and was the Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year as a sophomore.
RECRUITING RESPONSIBILITIES -- Local / California: South Orange County and Bay Area (West); National: All defensive players.
PERSONAL -- Education: Bachelor's in Physical Education, San Jose State, 1975; Master's in Physical Education, San Jose State, 1982; At UCLA: Third year (joined staff in January of 2003; also on staff in the 1989 season); Born: June 8, 1953; Family: Larry and his wife, Tracy, have two daughters, Kelly, 26 and Lindsey, 22.