Head Football Coach Strait Herron Wins National Coach of the Year

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On Jan. 6 2018, Head Varsity Football Coach Strait Herron was named as the National Coach of the Year from the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

Many know Herron as a great coach because of the state championship appearances he has brought South Pointe High School recently, but his career of being a coach was present before going to South Pointe.

Herron began his coaching career in 1986 as the assistant coach at AC Flora High School. The following year, he was an assistant coach at Strom Thurmond High School. From 1991-2005, he became a teacher and an assistant coach for numerous schools. In 2006, Herron then began coaching at South Pointe High School.

Herron was an assistant coach from 2006 to 2010 at South Pointe. He was the offensive coordinator for the first year and defensive coordinator for the other four years.

Ever since Herron has coached at South Pointe, he has brought the football program to the state championship seven times. In 2008, South Pointe made history by winning their first state championship, where Herron was an assistant coach. In 2010, the South Pointe football team went to state, but fell to the opponent. When he became the head coach, Herron led the team to state championship wins in 2011, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017.

From previous experience of being a teacher and an assistant coach, Herron is able to effectively change football players mentally and physically. Herron is able to dedicate his time to the football program, and that shows by the plentiful number of state championship wins.

Herron expresses, “I have loved sports my whole life. When I was in high school, I watched my high school coach, who was also the Athletics Director, and said, ‘That is what I want to do for a career.’ One of the assistant coaches on my high school team received a head coaching job and asked me to come coach with him while I went to college. He said something to me that just made sense. He said,’ You know you’re always going to be involved with sports. It’s in your blood. Why not be a coach?’ The rest, as they say, is history.”

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