Elbert Kern
Elbert Kern
Title: Assistant Football Coach and Offensive Coordinator
Phone: 773-430-1197
Email: Elbert.Kern@WCMO.edu

Elbert Kern arrived at Westminster College in 2022 and is the Offensive Coordinator.   Prior to his time at Westminster, Kern spent 9 seasons as Missouri Baptist University Running Backs Coach, Special Teams Coordinator, and Football's Academic and Eligibility Liaison. Before coaching college football Kern spent five seasons as the Head Coach at Springfield Southeast High School (Ill.). He took the helm in 2009 and led the Southeast Spartans football program to its best record since 2002 with a 4-5 record. Before Southeast, Kern led Chicago Academy High School, a second-year varsity program, to a 6-3 Conference Co-Championship in 2007 and repeated in 2008. 

Kern led Chicago Steinmetz to a 10-2 record in 2006 and to its fourth conference title. That same year, Steinmetz won the Chicago Divisional Title for the second time. Kern also guided Steinmetz to consecutive state playoff berths in 2003 and 2004. In 2001, Steinmetz was the Chicago Public League North Co-Conference Champions with a 7-2 record. In 2002, the National Statistician Poll ranked Steinmetz fourth in the Nation among all 6A teams. That same year, Steinmetz won the Chicago Big Shoulder Conference and Divisional Championship with a 12-1 record, which broke the school’s all-time record held by the 1977 team (8-1). 

Kern is a native of Chicago, Illinois. He played four years of football at North Park College. Kern led North Park in rushing yards with an average of 4.9 yards a carry in 1992. As a senior, Kern was named Team MVP.  

Kern is married with three sons – Malik, Zach and Jordan – and one daughter – Sarah. His sons have played at Missouri Baptist and now Westminster College.