"We're certainly very excited to have a coach of Larry's experience join our staff," Roof said. "He has been a part of some very successful programs. His experience and high level of success will add a lot to our staff as we continue to build each aspect of the Duke program."
Roof also announced that assistant coach Brad Sherrod, who guided the Blue Devil linebackers for the past nine seasons, will coach the tight ends while assisting Kerr with the special teams units in 2006. In addition, co-defensive coordinator Jerry Azzinaro will coach Duke's outside linebackers.
Kerr was the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at UCLA from 2003-05, helping the Bruins to a 22-15 overall ledger and three bowl game appearances. In 2005, UCLA posted a 10-2 record that included a 50-38 win over Northwestern in the Vitalis Sun Bowl while senior inside linebacker Spencer Havner was a semifinalist for the Butkus, Rotary Lombardi and Bednarik Awards. Kerr's 2003 unit ranked second in the Pac-10 and 18th nationally in total defense.
Prior to his stint at UCLA, Kerr spent 10 seasons on the staff at Colorado State as defensive coordinator as the Rams captured six conference championships and participated in seven bowl games. He helped Colorado State to 84 wins against 38 defeats over his 10 years and, in 2002, the Rams went 10-4, won the Mountain West Conference crown and played in the Liberty Bowl.
In 1997, Colorado State won a school record 11 games, won the Western Athletic Conference title and defeated Missouri, 35-24, in the Holiday Bowl. In his 10-year tenure with the Rams, Kerr helped Colorado State to seven seasons with eight or more victories and victories in the New Orleans, Liberty and Holiday Bowls.
A 1975 graduate of San Jose State, Kerr got his start in coaching at his alma mater, serving as the inside linebackers coach from 1980-83. He then moved to Stanford for six years (1983-88) as the inside linebackers coach and special teams coordinator. In 1989, Kerr was the inside linebackers coach and special teams coordinator at UCLA before spending three years (1990-92) as assistant head coach and defensive coordinator at Northern Arizona.
The hiring of Kerr completes the Duke coaching staff that includes Azzinaro (Co-Defensive Coordinator & Outside LBs; 3rd year at Duke), Scott Brown (Co-Defensive Coordinator & DL; 11th year at Duke), Kerr (Inside LBs & Special Teams Coordinator; 1st year at Duke), Charles London (RBs; 3rd year at Duke), Scottie Montgomery (WRs; 1st year at Duke), Bill O'Brien (Offensive Coordinator & QBs; 2nd year at Duke), Sherrod (TEs & Assistant Special Team Coordinator; 10th year at Duke), Glenn Spencer (Assistant Head Coach, Recruiting Coordinator & DBs; 3rd year at Duke) and John Strollo (OL; 2nd year at Duke).