Former CSUB wrestling coach TJ Kerr dead at 64

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) T.J. Kerr, who spent 26 years as the head coach of the Cal State Bakersfield wrestling program, died Thursday morning. He was 64.

The school hasn't formally announced T.J. Kerr's death, but Eyewitness News sports anchor Greg Kerr received confirmation of the coach's passing from multiple sources within the program. T.J. Kerr and Greg Kerr are not related.

T.J. Kerr retired from the CSUB wrestling helm in the summer of 2010, having compiled a 239-141 dual record. Kerr won two Pac-10 Championships (1996 and 1999) and five top 10 national finishes, including a third-place NCAA Division I finish in 1996.

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Kerr was named the 1996 NWCA Coach of the Year and 2007 Amateur Wrestling News Man of the Year. He guided Roadrunner wrestlers to 27 Pac-10 individual titles and 29 NCAA Division I All-American honors.

Stephen Neal, a two-time undefeated NCAA heavyweight champion, competed under Kerr.