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Former Georgia Southern basketball head coach Frank Kerns dies

Former Georgia Southern men’s basketball head coach Frank Kerns died Monday at the age of 82.

Kerns was a four-time Trans America Athletic Conference Coach of the Year and led the Eagles to five postseason trips -- three in the NCAA tournament (1983, 1987, 1992) and two in the NIT (1988, 1989). His teams won four TAAC regular-season conference championships, and he had a 244-132 record in 13 seasons from 1981 to 1994.

“Georgia Southern was blessed to have a coach who developed great relationships with his players and experienced tremendous success on the court,” athletics director Tom Kleinlein said in a release. “He was highly respected for his knowledge and coaching ability by his peers, and he will be missed by all of Eagle Nation and many in the basketball world.”

“We are going to miss Coach Kerns,” current Eagles head coach Mark Byington said. “He is the most successful basketball coach in Georgia Southern’s history and helped guide the team to its last NCAA tournament in 1992. He was very giving to me with advice and encouragement when I was hired.”