Bud Kerr
Biographical details
Born(1915-11-10)November 10, 1915
Tarrytown, New York
DiedApril 9, 1964(1964-04-09) (aged 48)
San Francisco, California
Playing career
1937–1939Notre Dame
1946Los Angeles Dons
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1942Washington University (assistant)
1943Georgia Pre-Flight (assistant)
1947–1948Denver (line)
1949–1950San Francisco (line)
1954–1955Washington (ends)
Head coaching record

William Howard "Bud" Kerr (November 10, 1915 – April 9, 1964) was an American football player and coach. He was an All-American football player at Notre Dame in 1939. He later served as the head football coach at the University of Dayton, from 1956 to 1959.

Kerr attended the University of Notre Dame where he played college football at the end position for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team. He was selected by the Associated Press, the All-America Board, the Newspaper Enterprise Association, the Sporting News and the Walter Camp Football Foundation as a first-team end on the 1939 College Football All-America Team.[1][2]

After graduating from Notre Dame, Kerr held assistant coaching positions at Washington University in St. Louis and, during World War II, at the U.S. Navy Pre-Flight School at Athens, Georgia.[3] Kerr served as a line coach at the University of Denver in 1947 and 1948 and then moved to the University of San Francisco to take on the same role there in 1949.[4] He was hired as the head football coach at the University of San Francisco, succeeding fellow Notre Dame alumnus, Joe Kuharich, in December 1951.[5] However, the San Francisco Dons football program was discontinued in early 1952 and did not resume until several years later. In February 1956, after a stint as the ends coach of the University of Washington Huskies, Kerr was hired as the head football coach for the University of Dayton Flyers football team.[6] He coached the Flyers from 1956 to 1959, compiling a record of 15–24–1.[7]

Kerr later worked as a motel manager and an employee of Pioneer Carloading Co. in San Francisco. He died in San Francisco in 1964 at age 47.[3]

Head coaching record

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Dayton Flyers (NCAA University Division independent) (1956–1959)
1956 Dayton 4–6
1957 Dayton 6–3–1
1958 Dayton 2–8
1959 Dayton 3–7
Dayton: 15–24–1
Total: 15–24–1


  1. ^ ESPN College Football Encyclopedia. ESPN Books. 2005. p. 1178. ISBN 1401337031.
  2. ^ "Walter Camp Football Foundation All-American Selections". Walter Camp Football Foundation. Archived from the original on May 4, 2009.
  3. ^ a b "Bud Kerr Dies in San Francisco". The Evening News. April 10, 1964.
  4. ^ "Kerr New Line Coach For Don Gridders". San Mateo Times. San Mateo, California. Associated Press. March 31, 1949. p. 15. Retrieved September 17, 2017 – via Newspapers.com open access.
  5. ^ "Bud Kerr Picked As New Manager of Frisco Club". Toledo Blade (UP story). December 23, 1951.
  6. ^ "Bud Kerr Named Coach at Dayton". The Pittsburgh Press. February 2, 1956.
  7. ^ "William H. "Bud" Kerr". College Football Data Warehouse. David DeLassus. Archived from the original on 2015-02-02. Retrieved 2015-02-01.