Active as an NCAA Division I golf coach for more than 30 years, Stetson Head Women's Golf Coach Floyd Kerr has seen major changes in the collegiate game during his tenure.
“There are so many really good players today," he says. "As I recruit, I believe we can have five players in our lineup that could play for just about any team in the country.”
In the last six years at the helm of the Hatter program, Kerr has overseen a dramatic rise in the level of the team's play, capped off by back-to-back-to-back Atlantic Sun Conference championships and NCAA East Regional appearances in 2009, 2010 and 2011. Stetson rose from a #208 national ranking when Kerr took over in 2005 to a program regularly ranked in the top 75 in the nation.
Stetson has won 14 tournaments in the Kerr Era; besides the A-Sun titles, these include five consecutive victories in the Hatter Classics at the team's home course, Victoria Hills Golf Club in DeLand ... Other titles have included the 2012 MSU Ocala Spring Invitational and Marsh Landing Invitational, the 2011 Siena Homewood Suites Invitational, the 2008 Queens University Invitational, the 2007 Treasure Coast and NIU Snowbird Invitationals.
Kerr was named A-Sun Coach of the Year in 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11; three Hatters earned All-Conference honors in each of these seasons, including 2009 A-Sun tournament champion Danielle Jackson, 2009 A-Sun Freshman of the Year Lauren Cate and 2010 A-Sun Player of the Year/Freshman of the Year Alexandria Buelow, the only freshman ever to be voted A-Sun Player of the Year. Buelow repeated as A-Sun Player of the Year in both her sophomore and junior seasons before turning pro.
As the head coach of the men's golf team at UNC Charlotte for 23 years, Kerr posted 1954 career wins and, during his last 10 years, his teams captured 23 tournament victories. Two of his former players have played on the PGA Tour while many others have had careers in various aspects of the golf business including coaching, as club professionals, rules officiating and sales.
Kerr’s basic philosophy on being a successful coach is simple:
"I recruit good people who are also good athletes and make them better in each area by putting them in structured practices with emphasis on their weaknesses. Along with that, I always teach them that golf is a game.
“Although we want to be extremely competitive, we must never lose the basic premise that we are playing a game. I believe that, over the years, I have gotten to be a better coach because I am able to determine the needs of each individual player.
"We have structured team practice, but you must also deal with each player on an individual basis. What works for one may destroy another's confidence--you have to be able to read this to get each player to perform at his or her highest level.
“My goal is to know my players, prepare them for competition, instill a positive and confident approach to their golf game and then help them to learn how to play the game.”