Macon Mayhem announces new head coach
Kevin Kerr says he isn’t wasting any time and is looking to build a winning team heading into the fall. After last summer’s announcement to bring a hockey team back, the Macon Mayhem has their man.
“I’m looking for guys that play, that have a good hockey IQ and obviously a good skill set,” Kerr said.
He is no stranger to the ice. The 47-year-old Ontario, Canada native was drafted into the National Hockey League in 1986. After hanging up his skates, he coached various levels of hockey around the country in cities, including New York City and Atlanta.
“Bringing pro hockey back to Macon is incredible for both the community and the opportunity for players to play in the Southern Professional Hockey League,” Kerr said.
Mayhem co-owner Bob Kerzner says bringing Kerr on-board is the foundation they need to build a winning team.
“Narrow that down to the four, five…then to narrow that down to the individual that you were hoping to get and you did get is great,” Kerzner said.
Kerr adds creating a championship team won’t be easy. He’s looking for players with more than just talent.
“You have to compete. You have to have to heart. If you don’t have heart you can’t play,” Kerr said.
“We found a coach who really wants to be here in middle Georgia. Who really wants to be in Macon,” Kerzner said.
Kerzner is confident Kerr is the right the guy for the job.
“We have to be ready. I don’t want any team in the SPHL to think that they can go to Macon and win,” Kerzner said.
Kerr says he hopes his tough “edge” rubs off on his players.
Kerr says he is getting to work on recruiting immediately. He adds there are several prospects he’s considering to put on the team for the beginning of the season in October.