Frank Kerns

Frank Kerns (1933-2015)

Teams coached: Spring Hill Badgers, Georgia Southern Eagles
Spring Hill record^: 100-103 (.493)
Georgia Southern record: 244-132 (.649)
Overall record^: 344-235 (.594)

Career Accomplishments:

  • NCAA National Championships:  0
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  3  (1983, 1987, 1992)
  • NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen:  0
  • NIT Championships:  0
  • NIT Appearances:  2  (1988, 1989)
  • TAAC Regular Season Champion:  4  (1985, 1988, 1989, 1992)
  • Southern States (NAIA) Regular Season Champion: (1975)
  • TAAC Tournament Champion:  3  (1983, 1987, 1992)


Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

1981-1994 Georgia Southern
1979-1981 Chattanooga (asst)
1971-1979 Spring Hill College

Frank Kerns Facts

  • Franklin Phillip Kerns
  • Born May 21, 1933
  • Died August 3, 2015
  • Hometown: Cumberland, Maryland
  • Alma Mater: University of Alabama (BA, 1960)
  • Started his coaching career at the prep level in Alabama, with stints at Clarke County HS (1961-64), Fairhope HS (1965-68) and the McGill Institute – now known as McGill-Toolen Catholic HS (1969-70)
  • Became the head coach at NAIA Spring Hill College in Mobile, AL in 1971, coaching the Badgers for eight seasons
    • Went 100-103 overall, highlighted by the 1974-75 season when they won a Southern States Conference title
  • Moved up to the NCAA ranks in 1979, spending two seasons as an assistant under Murray Arnold at Chattanooga; was part of the 1980-81 Mocs team that won the SoCon and went to the NCAA Tournament
  • Hired in 1981 to be the head coach at Georgia Southern, a position he would hold for the next 12+ seasons
    • Went 244-132 overall, winning four TAAC titles, and three TAAC Tournaments to go to the NCAA Tournament three times (plus two NITs)
    • Stepped down from Georgia Southern in 1994, one game into the season
  • Later coached overseas in China and Austria, plus had a stint at Bulloch Academy in Georgia
    • Spent eight years as a color analyst for Georgia Southern Radio
  • Kerns passed away in August 2015 at the age of 82 after a brief battle with illness

Frank Kerns Coaching Tree

  • Michael Curry (Florida Atlantic)
  • Doug Durham (Georgia Southern)
  • Robbie Laing (Campbell, Jones County JC)
  • Jeff Price (Lynn, South Alabama, West Virginia Wesleyan, Georgia Southern)
  • Charlton Young (Georgia Southern)


^ overall record includes head coaching positions at the NCAA Division I and NAIA levels only