Florida alumna Ashley Kerr has been named Oklahoma’s volunteer assistant coach, head coach K.J. Kindler announced last Monday, 16 October 2017.
Kerr competed on vault and beam for the Florida Gators from 2007 to 2010. She was a four-time member of the NCAA Scholastic All-American team and of the SEC Academic Honor Roll. She served as the president of Florida’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, and in 2010, as a senior, she was awarded the Outstanding Leadership Award by the University of Florida Alumni Association.
Kerr graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and went on to earn a Master of Science in Sports Management and a Master of Art in Telecommunications also at Florida. After graduating in 2010, she also remained an active part of the Gators’ gymnastics programme. In 2011, Kerr was volunteer assistant manager, and later served as team manager from 2011 to 2013. More recently, she was named Assistant to the Head Coach, and was in charge of multiple aspects of the programme. These included organising team journeys, assisting the head coach during competition time, coordinating the team’s media activity and coaching staff on on-campus recruiting visits.
K.J. Kindler was delighted to add Kerr to her staff. ‘We are very excited for Ashley to join our team behind the team’, Kindler said, soonersports.com reports. ‘She is inquisitive, positive, detail oriented, generous and observant. Her experience at The University of Florida is invaluable and her time there was well spent wearing many administrative hats. She is incredibly motivated to contribute to a program in a new role, as coach. We are ecstatic that she chose Oklahoma.’
Kerr served at Florida when the Gators won their three consecutive NCAA titles, from 2013 to 2015.
Ashley Kerr was also very happy with her new position. She said: ‘I’m very excited to be joining K.J., the women’s gymnastics program and the OU community. I can’t thank the University of Florida enough for all of the experiences I’ve had and the people I’ve worked with. I am grateful for this opportunity with OU to continue to grow professionally and add whatever value I can to an already accomplished team and athletic department.’
Oklahoma begins its 2018 season on 15 January, on the road, against the University of Georgia.
Article by Talitha Ilacqua