Shona Kerr enters her 13th season as head coach of both men's and women's squash at Wesleyan in 2017-18, and also holds the rank of adjunct professor of physical education. She was named the 2010-11 NESCAC Men’s Squash Coach of the Year and is coming off an impressive 2016-17 campaign in which the Cardinals finished 11-9 in dual match play while winning the Conroy Cup (D Division) at the College Squash Association (CSA) National Team Championships.
In 12 years at the helm of the men’s program, Kerr has guided Wesleyan to a 140-133 (.513) record. The Cardinals have posted seven consecutive winning seasons and recorded back-to-back 15-win campaigns in 2012-13 and 2013-14. The 15 wins are a program record.
Prior to her arrival at Wesleyan in 2005-06, Kerr was the head squash coach at Wellesley College where she spent four seasons and compiled a 44-40 (.524) overall record. Her 2002-03 squad posted 15 victories, which was the most at the College since 1984.
Kerr came to Wellesley from the University of Wales Institutes Cardiff (UWIC), where she coached for one year. Prior to UWIC, she coached the Cardiff University Squash club, where she tutored players of all ages and abilities from 1996-98. In addition, she served as an assistant coach for the Sussex Under-19 girls' squad.
As a player, Kerr was a four-year member of the Welsh Universities team from 1996-99. More recently, she was a member of the UWIC team which won the Women's Welsh Premiere League. She also represented Wales at the 2000 European Club Championships held in Amsterdam. In the United States, Kerr was a national squash age-group champion for under-35 and at the 5.0 skill level in both 2004 and 2005, and also played for the Boston Ladies "A" Team which won the Howe Cup.
In addition to her playing and coaching experience, Kerr holds a Level III advanced coaching certification from the England Squash Association. In the summer of 2003, she traveled to Cairo, Egypt as a presenter at the World Squash Federation Development and Coaching Conference. Kerr has also been active in several camps as a coach including Squashbusters summer camp for which she served as director. She served a two-year term as vice-president of the CSA from 2005-07, of which she has been a member since 2001, and completed a three-year term as CSA president in 2011. Kerr was on the CSA Executive Committee through 2014. She also played an integral role in the creation of the CSA website.
Kerr earned a bachelor’s degree in music from Cardiff University in 1998 and received her Master of Arts in Liberal Studies from Wesleyan in 2008, receiving a handshake from two-term President of the United States Barack Obama at graduation.
In October 2006, Kerr acted as local coordinator for the College Squash Association's Coaches Conference held at Wesleyan. She also organizes activities around Wesleyan's Rosenbaum Squash Center to foster greater interest in the sport in the area. In her spare time, Kerr still enjoys competing and will play in squash tournaments if and when they can fit outside the college schedule. She is also an avid "Racketlon" competitor. A cousin of triathlon, Racketlon combines the four racket sports of table-tennis, badminton, squash, and tennis. Kerr has been ranked as high as 11th in the world and continues to compete internationally while holding a top-50 world ranking.