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Dave Kern

Position: Head Coach, Academy Director

Dave Kern




  • City Islanders Youth Academy Director 2010-present
  • Central Dauphin East HS Boys Varsity Head Coach 2011-present
  • Central Dauphin East MS Boys Varsity Head Coach 2011-present
  • LDC Attack Head Coach 2010-present
  • LDC Emerald Head Coach 2010 present
  • Head Coach of over 7 Isles Academy Summers Teams since 2010
  • City Islanders Pro Team GK/Assistant Coach 2010-2015
  • Past Trainer for Camp Hill, Mech SC/MS, CASA, LVC Mens/Womens, CDHS) 2004-2010


  • NSCAA Youth Regional and Advanced Regional Diplomas
  • Qualifies for USSF “B” license



  • Played professionally from 2004-2010, 2012/2013 (City Islanders, Real Maryland FC, Baltimore Blast, and Harrisburg Heat)


For Harrisburg City Islanders:

The club’s all-time leader in nearly every major goalkeeping category, Dave Kern enters his fourth season as goalkeeper coach for the City Islanders. During his first year (2011), the club’s primary keeper, Chase Harrison, posted a record of 8-6-6 with five shutouts and a 1.3 GAA. Harrison helped lead the team the National Division Championship and USL PRO final appearance, before earning a 2012 contract with the Philadelphia Union. Phil Tuttle also saw some success under Kern, posting a 2-1-1 record as a rookie. The last 2 years under Kern, starter Nick Noble has been nominated for GK of the Year twice and was All-League in 2013. Kern also helped mentor the club’s back ups during that span working with, Brian Holt, David Flynn, and Brian Sylvestre. Holt recently signed a contract for the 2014 season with the Philadelphia Union.


The native of Glenolden, PA, ranks first among keepers in team history with 38 games played, 3,390 minutes, 22 wins, and 390 saves, and is second with nine shutouts. He went undefeated in 2005, going

10-0-1 with a 0.98 goals against average as the team had its best regular season ever (12-3-5). He started and won the first game in team history on April 17 in Northern Virginia. On top of his time with Harrisburg and winning a championship in 2007, Kern was also a part of two championship teams with the Baltimore Blast of the MISL in 2008 and 2009. Kern finished with six years in the pros before taking over the goalkeeper coach responsibilities in 2011.


For College Misericordia:

Kern enjoyed a fine career at College Misericordia before graduating in 2002, snagging All-PAC honors in 2000 (First Team), 2001 (Second Team), and 2002 (First Team). In 2000, he posted a 0.75 goals against average, helping Misericordia to the school’s first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance. He was the team’s MVP in 2001 and 2002, and in the fall of 2013 was voted into the College’s Athletics Hall of Fame.


*Bachelors Degree: Interdisciplinary Studies with Minor in Addictions Counseling (2004)