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Tim Kerin, Head Trainer (1977-92)
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When Johnny Majors left Pittsburgh in 1977 to become head football coach at Tennessee, he brought Tim Kerin with him as part of his first Vol staff. Kerin served as head athletic trainer for 15 years until his sudden death from an aortic aneurysm in August 1992.

Kerin first became associated with Majors in 1973 when Majors was hired as Pitt head coach and Tim was an assistant on the Panthers training staff. In 1973 Kerin moved up to the position of head athletic trainer.

Tim's employment encompassed a lot of territory, including coordinating Tennessee team travel arrangements. Kerin's top priority, of course, was the health and safety of the literally hundreds of Vol athletes who looked to him for their training requirements.

After graduating from Westinghouse Memorial High School in Wilmerding, Pa., Kerin attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He earned an undergraduate degree in 1969 and added a masters in 1972. He broke into the athletic training field in 1969 at Penn Hills High School in Pittsburgh.

When Tennessee built the Neyland-Thompson Sports Center, Kerin designed the athletic training facility for the ground up to specifically address the needs of Volunteer student-athletes. The state-of-the-art athletic training room was officially dedicated "The Tim Kerin Athletic Training Room" in his honor and memory on Nov. 26, 1993.

In June of 1993, Kerin was inducted into the National Athletic Trainers Association Hall of Fame for his outstanding career in the field. The Hall of Fame honors those athletic trainers whose leadership and dedication personify the highest ideals of athletic training.

In honor of Kerin, the University of Tennessee Campus Ministries' Council and the Athletic Department sponsor a special food collection at one of the home football games. The drive is targeted towards providing emergency food baskets for needy families during the holidays.

The Tennessee Athletic Trainers Society selected Kerin the Gene Smith/Mickey O'Brien College Athletic Trainer of the Year in January 1993.

Kerin, a past president of the Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers Association, was given the Award of Merit from the Southeastern Conference Athletic Trainers' Association. He has received community and campus recognition awards for his work in drug education programs, serving as president of the Metropolitan Drug Commission of Knoxville.

His peers honored him in 1991 with they bestowed on him the Award of Merit from the Southeastern Athletic Trainers Association.

During the summer, Kerin conducted camps for burgeoning trainers on the campus at the University of Tennessee.

Personal Data
Born:
Nov. 6, 1947 in Pittsburgh, Pa.
Deceased:
Aug. 3, 1992 in Knoxville, Tenn.
High School Education:
Westinghouse Memorial High School, Wilmerding, Pa.
College Education:
Indiana University (Pa.) 1969; Masters, Indiana University (Pa.) 1972; Masters, University of Pittsburgh 1976
Career Background:
Penn Hills High School, Pittsburgh, Pa., 1969-72; Pittsburgh, 1972-76; Tennessee, 1977-92.
Widow:
Kathleen (Zibbie) Brennan Kerin
Children:
Beth, Susan, Twins - Bo and Amy, Barbara, Tara
Tim Kerin Memorial Food Drive

Every year during football season, the University of Tennessee Campus Ministries Council and the Athletic Department sponsor the Tim Kerin Memorial Food Drive in order to aid the Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee. As a special incentive "Tim's Tennessee Power Towel," the brainchild of former Vol center Glen Streno, is offered in exchange for a requested donation of $5 or more. Fans can get a Power Towel, memorializing Tim's spirit.

"The Food Drive for Second Harvest has always been a worthy memorial to Tim Kerin's life and example," former Tennessee head football coach Phillip Fulmer said. "Tim was always a part of projects for the betterment of the community. He made a difference in many ways."

Kerin served as head athletic trainer for 15 years until his sudden death from an aortic aneurysm in August of 1992.

Tim's job description at Tennessee included a lot of territory, part of which was coordinating all the team's travel arrangements. However, his first priority of course, was the health and safety of literally hundreds of Vol athletes who looked to him for their training requirements.

When Tennessee built the Neyland-Thompson Sports Center, Kerin designed the training facility, from the ground up, to specifically address the needs of Volunteer student-athletes. The state-of-the-art athletic training room was officially dedicated "The Tim Kerin Athletic Training Room" in his honor and memory on November 26, 1993.

In June of 1993, Kerin was inducted into the National Athletic Trainer's Association Hall of Fame for his outstanding career in the field and that same year the Tennessee Athletic Trainers Society selected Kerin as the Gene Smith/Mickey O'Brien College Athletic Trainer of the Year.

Kerin was posthumously inducted into the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame in 2001.

Thomas "Tim" Kerin graduated from Westinghouse Memorial High School in Wilmerding, Pa., in 1965 and received his B.S. from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1969. After graduation, Tim began his professional career as the Head Athletic Trainer and a math instructor at Penn Hills High School in Pittsburgh.

In 1972 Tim was awarded an M.S. in mathematics from Indiana University of PA and became Head Athletic Trainer and an associate professor at the University of Pittsburgh. He received an M.Ed. in Physiology of Exercise from that university in 1976.



Tim Kerin helps Reggie White off the field in the 1982 Alabama-Tennessee football game.

 
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