"Dustin has integrated himself back into his coaching roll on the floor," said Santa Clara head coach Kerry Keating. "He has done a phenomenal job in building relationships on the West coast to help us solidfy our recruiting. His attention to detail and diligence in the daily effort to improve are exactly what we strive for in our program."
During his tenure at Wofford, Kerns helped the Terriers set a school record for single season wins, en route to the school's best overall record at the Division I level. In addition, Wofford posted wins at Auburn and Cincinnati in those three seasons. Tyler Berg and Shane Nichols were both All-Southern Conference selections at Wofford with Junior Salters being named to the all-conference freshman team in 2006-07. His responsibilities included on-floor coaching, recruiting, scouting, team travel, camp director and working with the perimeter players.
Prior to joining Mike Young's staff at Wofford, Kerns spent a season as a graduate assistant under then-head coach Buzz Peterson at Tennessee. The Vols earned a berth in the NIT that season. Kerns also oversaw Peterson's summer camps during his time in Knoxville, while assisting with team scouting, compliance and academics. He received a Masters of Science from Tennessee in 2004.
Kerns' first job in college basketball was at Tennessee Tech, as he spent the 2002-03 season as the program's Director of Basketball Operations. He assisted head coach Mike Sutton with all aspects of the program, including opponent scouting, on-campus recruiting, scheduling, film exchange and team academics. The team won 20 games that season and reached the Ohio Valley Championship game.
Kerns is a 2002 graduate of Clemson University, where he earned a degree in secondary education. As an undergraduate, he worked as an assistant for Tigers men's basketball team under then-head coach Larry Shyatt, helping organize summer camps, while also assisting with the scout films. During this time, he coached at the Michael Jordan Flight School in Santa Barbara.
A Kingsport, Tennessee native, the 29-year-old Kerns played at Dobyns-Bennett High School, which ranks first in the nation in all time wins at the prep level.
Kerns married the former Brittany Wright on June 3, 2006.