Vancouver Whitecaps FC announced on Thursday that former Orland City SC and Toronto FC goalkeeping coach Stewart Kerr has joined the technical staff on a two-year contract, which runs through 2018. Kerr, 42, spent ten years as a player at Celtic FC, before moving to Wigan Athletic FC for the 2001-02 season.
Force into an early retirement due to a back injury, Kerr traded his gloves for a whistle. He has served as a goalkeeping coach at Scottish sides Airdrieonians FC, Motherwell FC, as well as Toronto FC and Orlando City FC in the Major League.
"We're pleased to welcome Stewart to our coaching staff," said Whitecaps FC manager Carl Robinson. "He brings a wealth of experience and knowledge from the UK, as well as (the Major League), and has helped develop a number of quality goalkeepers."
During his coaching career, Kerr has worked with England's John Ruddy, Ireland's Darren Randolph, Stefan Frei, and Joe Bendik. Additionally, Kerr helped to prepare Julio Cesar for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
"First of all, I would like to thank everyone at Orlando City SC for their passionate support over the past year," added Kerr. "Vancouver is a club that I have always admired from afar and I'm excited to work with Carl and his staff, as well as a very strong group of goalkeepers. I know that this club has some of the best supporters in the league, and we'll be working hard every day to make them proud."