TERRE HAUTE —
Now that the Vigo County School Board approved the hiring of Tim Herrin as Terre Haute South High School’s sixth head football coach ever Monday night, Herrin looks forward to leading the Braves into their first season in Conference Indiana.
“It’s a great opportunity with us moving to a new conference [starting in 2013 for football only],” Herrin told the Tribune-Star on Tuesday. “And with the changes in the IHSAA, going to six classes for football but with us remaining in 5A, the kids are excited about getting a chance to compete with more schools our size.”
“Tim’s a very good man, a high-character guy,” South principal Chris Mauk said of Herrin. “He’s going to bring a lot of enthusiasm to our program. He’s going to teach young men how to be student-athletes first. … He’s just an outstanding leader and we’re lucky to have him.”
Herrin, a former business teacher, will remain South’s dean of students. In football, he had been an assistant under previous head coaches Mark Raetz and Jay Engle for the past 16 seasons.
A starting tackle back in his playing days at Indiana State (1991-94), Herrin mainly worked with the Braves’ offensive linemen in recent years, although he said he has coached every position except quarterback, running back and wide receiver at South.
Before coming to South, Herrin served as an assistant for one season at Hammond Gavit in 1996.
Herrin, 41, lives in Terre Haute with his wife Cathy and their four sons — Timmy (16), Carter (12), Trey (9) and Chris (6).
Herrin inherits a South program that finished 3-7 in 2012, 3-7 in 2011 and 2-8 in 2010, but that didn’t stop him from applying for the job.
“I’ve always wanted to be a head coach,” he explained. “The opportunity was there to become a head coach [after Raetz resigned in February to become Northview’s coach]. The time and the place were right.”
Herrin, who has started working on filling some assistant positions on the coaching staff, assessed the Braves’ potential for 2013.
“I see a lot of opportunity for a lot of players,” he said. “We’re going to be relatively young. We’re going to have about 12 returning lettermen. The opportunity to work with the players and see them become leaders will be rewarding.”
Mauk, who has known Herrin since the 1990s, mentioned that he has no doubt about Herrin being the right man for the job.
“We had a known commodity with Tim,” he noted. “He’s been very good with our program and he’s been good with our kids.”
South will scrimmage against Northview — with Raetz on the sideline — on Aug. 16 at Northview. The Braves’ first regular-season game will be Aug. 23 at Evansville North.