Stephen Douglas Kerr (born September 27, 1965) is an American retired professional basketball player and the current head coach of the Golden State Warriors.
Kerr was selected by the Phoenix Suns in the second round of the 1988 NBA draft.
Steve Kerr was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers in 1989. He spent over three seasons (1989–92) there, and then part of the 1992–93 season with the Orlando Magic.
Kerr is a six-time NBA champion, winning three with the Chicago Bulls and two with the San Antonio Spurs as a player, and one with the Warriors as a head coach. Kerr has the highest career 3-point percentage (45.4%) for any player with at least 2,000 shot attempts in NBA history.
On June 2, 2007, the Phoenix Suns named Kerr the team’s President of Basketball Operations and General Manager. Kerr helped Managing Partner Robert Sarver buy the Suns in 2004 and became one of Sarver’s trusted basketball advisors. Kerr announced his retirement from the Suns in June 2010. Afterwards, Kerr returned as a color commentator for NBA on TNT until 2014, when he pursued a career in coaching.
On May 14, 2014, the Golden State Warriors named Kerr the team’s head coach. On April 4, 2015, with a win over the Dallas Mavericks, Kerr broke the NBA record for the most regular season wins for a rookie coach. The Warriors went on to win the 2015 NBA Finals, making Kerr the first rookie coach to win a championship since Pat Riley in the 1982 NBA Finals.
On April 13, 2016, the Warriors broke the record for the most wins in an NBA season.
On November 20, 2016, the NBA announced that Kerr had been fined $25,000 for public criticism of officiating during a radio interview with KNBR 680 on November 17. Kerr missed time during the 2017 playoffs due to recurring back issues. Associate head coach Mike Brown has acted as acting head coach during periods of Kerr’s absence, and Brown continued head coaching into the playoffs leading the Warriors to a 12–0 record in the postseason. Kerr returned for the 2017 NBA Finals where he led the Warriors to victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers in five games. The Warriors finished the playoffs with a 16–1 record, the best postseason winning percentage in NBA history. Kerr is the fourth coach in NBA history to win two championships in his first three seasons of coaching. Kerr won his third championship as a head coach when the Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2018 NBA Finals in four games to give Kerr his eighth championship of his career.
Kerr is third on the Warriors’ all-time wins list behind Don Nelson and Eddie Gottlieb, and only Nelson has won more games in the West Coast portion of Warriors history.
Career highlights and awards
5x NBA champion (1996–1999, 2003)
NBA Three-Point Shootout champion (1997)
Second-team All-American – AP (1988)
Third-team All-American – NABC (1988)
2× First-team All-Pac-10 (1986, 1988)
No. 25 retired by the University of Arizona
3× NBA champion (2015, 2017, 2018)
NBA Coach of the Year (2016)
2× NBA All-Star Game head coach (2015, 2017)
Rudy Tomjanovich Award (2018)
Points 5,437 (6.0 ppg)
Rebounds 1,060 (1.2 rpg)
Assists 1,658 (1.8 apg)
FIBA World Championship
Gold medal – first place 1986 Spain National team