Kevin Kerr was named the third head coach in franchise history on May 23, 2018. He brings 18 years of playing experience and an additional 13 years as a coach to the Swamp Rabbits organization. Kerr boasts eight years of head coaching experience spanning four different franchises and captured a 2017 President’s Cup title with the Macon Mayhem.
Kerr is a native of North Bay, Ontario and has coached in the SPHL, EHL, IHL, and UHL. During his three-year stint in Macon, Kerr compiled a 94-56-18 record and qualified for the post season all three years under his tutelage. At the professional level, the bench-boss has coached over 340 games and earned a 176-130-41 record.
Kerr began his coaching career as Head Coach of the North Bay Skyhawks (NOJHL) in 2005 and produced a third-place finish behind a 30-18-0 overall record. The following year, he rejoined the Flint Generals organization behind the bench after playing eight seasons with the club. Kerr spent two years with the organization as Head Coach in the UHL from 2006-07 and the IHL from 2007-2008. For the next five seasons, he coached several organizations at the junior hockey level, including the New York Bobcats and the Green Mountain Glades.
He had a successful playing career in the minor leagues, retiring from the game in 2005. When Kerr hung up his skates, he had scored a record 677 goals in his 18 seasons across six leagues and 15 organizations and earned 3,706 PIMS. His longest tenure with a club was spent with Flint where he competed in 417 games, tallied 674 points (356G, 318A), and accrued 1,421 PIMS. After playing eight seasons with the Generals and leading the franchise in points and goals, Kerr became one of only two players to have his number retired.
Kerr was also selected by the Buffalo Sabres with a third-round pick in the 1986 NHL Draft. After logging four seasons in the OHL, he began his pro career with the Rochester Americans in the 1987-88 season and led the team in PIMS with 352 in addition to 29 points (18G, 11A). He helped capture an AHL championship with the Portland Pirates under head coach Barry Trotz, a Turner Cup title with the Flint Generals, and was the 1994 CoHL MVP.
Shawn joined the Swamp Rabbits ahead of the 2018-19 season as the team’s Head Equipment Manager. He handles the ordering and maintenance on any team equipment in addition to managing the entire Swamp Rabbits locker room at home and on the road.
Before the move to Greenville, Shawn held the head equipment manager position with the SPHL’s Macon Mayhem during the 2017-18 season. He was also an assistant equipment manager for four seasons with the South Carolina Stingrays from 2013 to 2017. The Charleston, South Carolina native grew up around the game of hockey, playing as a goaltender and also spending time as an assistant coach of the Wando High School hockey team.