Coach Kern grew up in Kalona, Iowa and a graduate of Mid-Prairie High School.
He achieved his bachelor's degree from University of Northern Iowa, with emphasis on Physical Education/Health Education Teaching. Jasn then moved to Natchitoches, Louisiana where I attended Northwestern State University. While attending NSU, he was a Graduate Assistant Coach on the Men's Basketball team and also earned a Master's Degree in Sports Administration. After graduation, Coach Kern remained in Natchitoches where he was the Dean of Discipline and Assistant Athletic Director. While in Natchitoches, he coached football and was the Head Boy's basketball coach for 3 years there. His last year as the head basketball coach we were the State Runner-Up in Division IV.
Jason is married to Betsy. who works in the Athletic Department at the University of Iowa where she is the Tutoring & Retention Coordinator.
Coach Kern is a huge sports fanatic. He loves UNI basketball, Hawkeye football, the Packers, and the Cubs. Additionally, he enjoys playing golf and exercising.