Kerin To Retire

West Virginia University Assistant Athletic Director for Football Operations, Mike Kerin, has announced that he is retiring at the end of August.

"I am extremely fortunate to have been at West Virginia University for almost 32 years," Kerin says. "However, I look forward to a new challenge for me and my family so that I can stay in Morgantown for the remainder of my career. "I've had many great years here, but it's time for me to move into a new role that will provide for my future."

Kerin has served for almost 32 years as a vital member of the Mountaineer football staff. He has been associated with the program since 1980, when he arrived as one of the original members of Don Nehlen's staff. Kerin spent the first eight years as the equipment manager until he became the administrative assistant in 1988, the director of football operations in 1998 and the assistant director of athletics for football operations in 2008.

"I've had the good fortune of working for two great athletic directors and three outstanding football coaches. I've enjoyed working with a lot of players, who have entered this University as boys and have left as quality young men. It's very gratifying to watch these young men come back as great husbands and fathers and productive men of society. I would like to believe that I had a little part of that."

In his current position, the 2010 National Football Operations Director of the Year overseen all of the administrative operations and responsibilities of the football program. He handled everything from operations, daily schedules, Internet contact, travel schedules, professional scouts, coaches' clinics, recruiting, film exchange, scholarship disbursement, ticket allocation, bowl preparations and many of the other areas that kept the Mountaineers functioning smoothly on a day-to-day basis.

Kerin served as the staff liaison to the BIG EAST office, football alumni, the media and WVU's 16 other varsity sports. He also was instrumental in a number of special projects, such as the turf removal and installation at Mountaineer Field in 1997, 2002 and 2007, the construction of the indoor practice facility in 1998, coordinating the 1998 Pittsburgh Steelers preseason exhibition game, working with the Varsity Club on lettermen's events and the recent locker room renovation at the Puskar Center.

Since 2000, he has served on the Football Operations Committee of the American Football Coaches Association and worked to develop professional standards and consistency for that position throughout college football.

Kerin came to Morgantown as equipment manager in 1980 after serving two years in the same capacity at Colorado. A past executive board member of the Athletic Equipment Managers Association, he has been a valued consultant to several national sporting goods manufacturers, and has worked with a number of professional sporting events.

Kerin was a three-year football letterman at Colorado as a tight end and played in the 1975 Bluebonnet Bowl and the 1977 Orange Bowl; he is listed among the Buffaloes' Select Circle for football. A native of Colorado Springs, Colo., Kerin received a bachelor's degree in business administration from Colorado in 1977.

The recipient of the 1997 Curbstone Quarterback Award from the Morgantown Touchdown Club, Kerin and his wife, Kathy, have three children, Melissa, Michael and Jason and one grandchild, Elizabeth.

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