Posted: 7:30 pm Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

Port St. Lucie drops Kerr, goes with Poole in interim 

By Jason Lieser

Updated, Thursday, April 30, 10:49 a.m.

Days before his team is set to begin spring practices, Port St. Lucie fired football coach Doug Kerr.


“The timing isn’t a real good plan, but that’s a decision I didn’t make,” Kerr said.

“It wasn’t expected. I think we made great strides with this program that don’t really show up in the box score. We know we’ve made progress, but the principal has a decision to make and I have to respect his decision.”

Kerr, who also teaches reading and English at Port St. Lucie, went 11-28 in four seasons with the Jaguars, including 3-7 last year. He said he will keep his teaching job while considering coaching opportunities.

Kerr was fired late Tuesday and spoke with his players Wednesday. He said they were disappointed, but hopes the team moves forward and focuses on getting ready for the 2009 season.

“They understand it’s a business,” Kerr said. “Hopefully there is a life lesson here for them.”

Port St. Lucie athletic director Danny Ninestine said in an e-mail he informed players Thursday morning that Hilary Poole will be the interim coach through spring football. Ninestine said the school will take applications for the head coaching job through June 1.

Kerr is the 11th area coach to resign or be fired since the end of the 2008 season. Boca Raton, Inlet Grove, Santaluces and Jensen Beach still have openings.