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Citing family reasons, Kerr steps down from Franklin basketball after 14 seasons

Post by Todd Milles / The News Tribune on March 6, 2013 at 4:39 pm with No Comments »
March 6, 2013 4:39 pm
Franklin coach Jason Kerr, background, is stepping down after 14 seasons at Franklin. He won three state titles at that school.
Franklin coach Jason Kerr, background, is stepping down after 14 seasons at Franklin. He won three state titles at that school.

Jason Kerr, one of the most successful high school boys’ basketball coaches in Washington the past two decades at Franklin High School, resigned Monday, citing the need to spend more time with his family.

In his 14 seasons, he won 271 games. During that span, the Quakers made 10 trips to the state championships – earning state trophies eight times, including Class 4A titles in 2003 and 2006, and a 3A championship in 2009.

Kerr is one of 10 coaches in state history to win three or more 4A or 3A titles, joining Mike Bethea (Rainier Beach), Dave Denny (Mark Morris), Mac Fraser (Mount Vernon), Al Hairston (Garfield), E.L. “Squinty” Hunter (Lewis & Clark), Tim Kelly (Lincoln/Curtis), Irv Leifer (Renton), Phil Lumpkin (O’Dea) and Ed Pepple (Mercer Island) on that short list.

Of those coaches, Kerr is the only one to be undefeated in state championship games.

After the Quakers finished up their season Saturday with a loss to Lincoln High School for third place in the 3A tournament, Kerr, 40, faxed in his letter of resignation to the Franklin administration Monday night.

“It came down to more personal and family,” said Kerr, a three-time Metro League coach of the year. “I don’t think there’s ever a right time to step down, and away from something you love.

“At this time, I have two daughters (Jordyn and Sydney) in the family that I have to make a priority.”

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