The Westwood, Mass. native is chasing his first sub-four minute mile at the prestigious meet
Tim Ritchie broke the four-minute barrier at the BU Invitational
Matt Kerr begins his third year as the Director of Men's Cross Country and Track and Field at Boston College. Kerr was named to his current role in 2008 after serving as the assistant coach for the men's and women's programs at Wake Forest University for four years.
In the first two years under Kerr's guidance, Boston College has garnered 49 All-ACC Academic Honor Roll distinctions, five All-ACC Academic Team members, been recognized as the ACC Performer of the Week on three occasions and made one appearance on an ACC All-Conference team.
In his first season at the helm of the BC program, Kerr's impact was felt immediately. During the 2008 outdoor track season, he led Dave Emerson to a New England Championship in the 10,000m and coached Jeff Smith to a school record in the 100m dash.
In the fall of 2008, with Kerr's tutelage, standout Timothy Ritchie earned a pair of ACC Cross Country Performer of the Week honors and sophomore Theodore Doyle added one of his own. Kerr led Ritchie to a second place finish at ACCs - BC's all-time best individual performance - with the Eagles taking sixth place for their highest team finish since joining the conference in 2005.
Kerr also coached Ritchie to a New England Cross Country Championship that year. The BC star took seventh place at the NCAA Northeast Regional and went on to make his first appearance at the NCAA Cross Country Championship, finishing No. 62.
During the 2009 indoor track season, Kerr brought continued recognition to Boston College. At the 2009 ACC Indoor Championship, Ritchie placed sixth in the 5000m. The senior took third in the same event at the conference championship, the highest-ever individual placing by an Eagle at the meet. Earlier in the season, BC's captain busted out two NCAA Regional qualifying times in the 5000m, one of which was a 14:02.59 performance at the ICAAAA meet.
After making the transition outside, Kerr guided Ritchie to qualify for the NCAA preliminary round in the 5000m by posting a time of 14:03.21. With Kerr at the helm, the Eagles earned their first podium finish in several decades at the New England Track and Field Championships, having grabbed third place behind Matt Adetula's championship in the triple jump.
Following a rebuilding year on the cross country course, the 2010 track seasons were also quite successful for Boston College. Mark Domaracki highlighted the indoor campaign by breaking the school record in the 500m with a time of 1:03.54 at the BU Valentine Invitational and Ritchie, then a grad student, recorded the sixth fastest mile time in school history at 4:05.47.
In addition to six years of coaching experience, Kerr boasts a 13 year highly-decorated career as an international runner. An accomplished athlete, Kerr concluded his career with his third consecutive, and fourth overall, 3000m Steeplechase title at the Canadian Track and Field Championships in 2007.
Between 1994 and 2005, the four-time national champion represented Team Canada on seven occasions at the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championships. Kerr attended the IAAF World Cross Country Championships five times (1994, 1995, 2000, 2001, 2005) and the IAAF World Track and Field Championships twice (2003 and 2005).
In 2000, Kerr graduated Cum Laude from the University of Arkansas as a double-major in International Economics and Marketing Management. He was a member of the Dean's List and an Academic All-American throughout his undergraduate career.
At the University of Arkansas from 1995 to 1999, Kerr garnered six All-American and four All-SEC honors as a member of 10 NCAA Championship and 12 Southeastern Conference Championship teams. As a Razorback, he claimed back-to-back NCAA individual titles in 3000m Steeplechase in 1998 and 1999 and four SEC Individual Championships, including three straight 3000m Steeplechase titles.
After graduating from Arkansas, he earned a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Wollongong, receiving the postgraduate degree with distinction honors.
While at Wollongong, Kerr was a five-time Australian University Games Champion.
Kerr is married to the former Jill Snyder, who herself was a five-time All-American track athlete at Wake Forest University and is currently an assistant coach for BC the cross country and track and field programs. They are blessed with two children, Madeline Louise (3) and James Randall (2) and reside in Newton, Mass.
A native of Fergus, Ontario, Canada, he is the son of Jim and Evelyn Kerr.
The NCAA Champion hails from a running family. Kerr's three sisters were all successful members of cross country and track and field programs in the Southeastern Conference (Caroline - Alabama, Laura and Rebecca - Arkansas).