Keiron Cunningham (born 28 October 1976) is a former British professional rugby league footballer and coach. A Great Britain and Wales international representative hooker, he played his entire professional career at St Helens, making nearly 500 appearances for the club between 1994 and 2010, and winning numerous trophies.
As of October 2014, Cunningham is the head coach at St Helens following the departure of Australian Nathan Brown, under whom he was assistant coach for two years.
In 1993, on his 17th birthday, Cunningham signed for his hometown club St Helens from Wigan St Judes. He made his debut in the 1994–95 Rugby Football League season and soon established himself as a world class hooker, renowned for his dynamic running from dummy-half and ability to poach tries from short distances. He represented both Great Britain and Wales in international matches, qualifying for Wales because of a Welsh grandfather.
In 2010, Cunningham announced that he would be retiring from rugby league following the culmination of 2010's Super League XV. 2010 also marked the final year at St Helens' Knowsley Road ground before moving to a new stadium. It was, in fact, Kieron Cunningham who scored the final try ever at the prestigious ground in his penultimate match. However, despite a memorable 2010 play-offs for Cunningham, there was to be no fairytale ending as his last ever game ended in defeat against arch rivals Wigan in the 2010 Super League Grand Final. He finished his career with 496 appearances for St Helens, scoring 175 tries.
During his career he won five Super League Championships, seven Challenge Cup Winners Medals and two World Club Challenge Winners medals, was named in the Super League Dream Team on six occasions, and in July 2007 Rugby League World magazine ranked him as the greatest player of the Super League era. Following a supporters' poll featuring the likes of Tom van Vollenhoven and Alex Murphy, Cunningham was chosen to be cast as a bronze statue outside of Langtree Park. The statue was unveiled on Chalon Way opposite the Glass House pub in March 2010 and was relocated to the stadium following its completion in October 2011.
Following his retirement as a player, Cunningham took up an assistant coaching role in the strength and conditioning department at St Helens. After the sacking of Royce Simmons in 2012 he was appointed assistant head coach of St Helens, working alongside temporary head coach Mike Rush.
On Monday 20th October 2014, Cunningham was appointed as Head Coach of St Helens. He appointed former Saints team-mate Sean Long to assist him for his role.