Ed Kershner is one of the most successful basketball coaches in the state with more than 700 games in his coaching career, which has spanned more than 30 years in both Indiana and Florida.
Kershner, an Indiana native, graduated from Taylor University in Upland, Ind., in 1968 and became an assistant basketball and football coach at Bluffton High School. Upon receiving his master's degree from St. Francis University in Fort Wayne, he served terms as head basketball coach at four different high schools in Indiana until he moved to Kissimmee in 1980.
Kershner was the head basketball coach and athletic director at Osceola High School until 1990. The Kowboys won a state championship in 1983, a team that was ranked No. 3 nationally and had a record of 37-0. Kershner moved to Martin County in 1990, coaching at Port St. Lucie High School for four years and at Fort Pierce Westwood High School for two years before moving to Oviedo in 1996. Kershner coached Oviedo to a runner-up finish in 1997, and his 2002 team was ranked 21st in the nation.
Kershner's teams have won one state, one runner-up, five sectional and 15 conference titles. He is a three-time state Coach of the Year and was the McDonald’s All-American coach in 1985. He was named one of the Top 10 Florida Coaches of All Time by the Orlando Sentinel, and is a member of the Florida Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
A leader in every respect, Kershner served the Florida Athletic Coaches Association as its basketball chairman and a member of the board of directors from 1994-2001, and will serve as its president for the 2006-07 school year. He has been a member of the FHSAA's basketball advisory committee and the basketball evaluators committee.
He is also a man of great compassion and kindness. When Bishop Moore basketball coach Rob Graham suffered cardiac arrest on the floor of the district final game in 2005, Kershner arranged a benefit basketball tournament to help his family. He also cofounded the Great Florida Shootout tournament, which has raised more than $150,000 to fund scholarships for area students.