Andrew Kerr

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Andrew Kerr
Kerr at the University of Pittsburgh, c. 1920
Sport(s) Football, basketball, track and field
Biographical details
Born (1878-10-07)October 7, 1878
Cheyenne, Wyoming
Died February 17, 1969(1969-02-17) (aged 90)
Tucson, Arizona
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1913–1921 Pittsburgh (assistant)
1922–1923 Stanford
1924–1925 Stanford (assistant)
1926–1928 Washington & Jefferson
1929–1946 Colgate
1947–1949 Lebanon Valley
1921–1922 Pittsburgh
1922–1926 Stanford
1926–1928 Washington & Jefferson
Track & field
1913–1922 Pittsburgh
Head coaching record
Overall 137–71–14 (football)
70–39 (basketball)
Accomplishments and honors
Amos Alonzo Stagg Award (1963)
College Football Hall of Fame
Inducted in 1951 (profile)

Andrew "Andy" Kerr, IV (October 7, 1878 – February 17, 1969) was an American football, basketball, and track and field coach. He served as the head football coach at Stanford University (1922–1923), Washington & Jefferson College (1926–1928), Colgate University (1929–1946), and Lebanon Valley College (1947–1949), compiling a career college football record of 137–71–14. His 1932 Colgate team went a perfect 9–0, was not scored upon, and was named a national champion by Parke H. Davis. Kerr was also the head basketball coach at the University of Pittsburgh for one season (1921–1922) and at Stanford for four seasons (1922–1926), tallying a career college basketball mark of 54–26. In addition, he coached track and field at Pittsburgh from 1913 to 1921. Kerr was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1951. Colgate's home football stadium, Andy Kerr Stadium, was dedicated in his honor in 1966.[1][2]

Early years[edit]

Kerr was born in Cheyenne, Wyoming to Andrew and Mary Elizabeth Kerr. His family moved east to Carlisle, Pennsylvania where Kerr attended secondary school.[3] He attended Dickinson College, where he played baseball, and track. He then moved on to the University of Pittsburgh, where he served as the head track and field coach from 1913 until 1922, as an assistant football coach, and for one season, the head basketball coach, leading that squad to a 12–8 record in 1921–22. While at Pitt as an assistant football coach also in charge of the freshman football squad, he served as a member of the staff of legendary head coach Glenn Scobey "Pop" Warner.

Football head coaching career[edit]

In 1922, Warner accepted the head coaching job at Stanford University. Due to Warner's contractual obligations at Pitt, he sent Kerr to act as Stanford's head coach until his arrival in 1924.[4] Kerr posted an 11–7 record in his two seasons as head and remained with Warner as an assistant for two more seasons. He also coached the Stanford men's basketball team from 1922 to 1926.

Kerr served as the 23rd head football coach at Colgate University. He held that position for eighteen seasons, from 1929 until 1946. His overall coaching record at Colgate was 95–50–7. Kerr's 95 wins are the second most in program in history. His 1932 Colgate squad was undefeated, and did not allow a single point all season. The team expected to be invited to play in the Rose Bowl but did not get an invitation, earning the label "undefeated, untied, unscored upon, and uninvited."[3]

Head coaching record[edit]


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Stanford (Pacific Coast Conference) (1922–1923)
1922 Stanford 4–5 1–3 T–5th
1923 Stanford 7–2 2–2 T–3rd
Stanford: 11–7 3–5
Washington & Jefferson Presidents (Independent) (1926–1928)
1926 Washington & Jefferson 7–1–1
1927 Washington & Jefferson 7–0–2
1928 Washington & Jefferson 2–5–2
Washington & Jefferson: 16–6–5
Colgate Red Raiders (Independent) (1929–1946)
1929 Colgate 8–1
1930 Colgate 9–1
1931 Colgate 8–1
1932 Colgate 9–0
1933 Colgate 6–1–1
1934 Colgate 7–1
1935 Colgate 7–3
1936 Colgate 6–3
1937 Colgate 3–5
1938 Colgate 2–5
1939 Colgate 2–5–1
1940 Colgate 5–3
1941 Colgate 3–3–2
1942 Colgate 6–2–1
1943 Colgate 5–3–1
1944 Colgate 2–5
1945 Colgate 3–4–1
1946 Colgate 4–4
Colgate: 95–50–7
Lebanon Valley Flying Dutchmen (Independent) (1947–1949)
1947 Lebanon Valley 5–2–1
1948 Lebanon Valley 5–3–1
1949 Lebanon Valley 5–3
Lebanon Valley: 15–8–2
Total: 137–71–14
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title


  1. ^ "Andy Kerr, 90, Football Coach At Colgate for 18 Years, Is Dead; '32 Team, Ignored for Bowls, Was Known as 'Undefeated, Untied and Uninvited". The New York Times. February 17, 1969. 
  2. ^ Hotchkiss, Greg, ed. (2008). 2008-09 Pitt Men's Basketball Media Guide (PDF). Pittsburgh, PA: University of Pittsburgh Athletic Media Relations Office. p. 137. Retrieved August 17, 2009. 
  3. ^ a b "Andrew Kerr (1878-1969)". Chronicles:Encyclopedia Dickinsonia. Archived from the original on November 22, 2008. Retrieved June 5, 2008. 
  4. ^ "Pop Warner". Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame. Archived from the original on September 28, 2007. Retrieved July 20, 2007. 

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