Tom Herrion

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Tom Herrion
Sport(s) Basketball
Current position
Title Assistant coach
Team Georgia Tech
Biographical details
Born (1967-11-13) November 13, 1967 (age 47)
Oxford, Massachusetts
Playing career
1985–1986 Merrimack
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Merrimack (asst.)
Cambridge RLS (asst.)
Merrimack (asst.)
Providence (asst.)
Virginia (asst.)
College of Charleston
Pittsburgh (asst./assoc. HC)
Georgia Tech (asst.)
Head coaching record
Overall 147–105
Accomplishments and honors
SoCon Regular Season Championship (2003)

Tom Herrion (born November 13, 1967) is an American college basketball assistant coach for Georgia Tech. He previously severed as head basketball coach at Marshall University and at the College of Charleston.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Born in Oxford, Massachusetts, Herrion received his bachelor's degree in psychology from Merrimack College in 1989. As an undergrad at Merrimack, he competed in both basketball and baseball and worked as a student assistant coach in 1986–87. He also served two seasons as the junior varsity coach at Cambridge Ridge and Latin High School in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

A native of Oxford, Massachusetts, Herrion was a three-year letter-winner in both basketball and baseball at Oxford High School.

Herrion hails from a coaching family. His father, the late Jim Herrion, was a successful high school coach in the New York City Catholic League before becoming an assistant coach at Holy Cross and later the head coach at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. His older brother Bill Herrion is currently the head basketball coach at the University of New Hampshire (2005–present). Bill has also served head coaching stints at both East Carolina (1999–2005) and Drexel University (1991–99).

Coaching career[edit]

Herrion's collegiate coaching experience includes assistant stints at the University of Virginia (1999–2002), Providence College (1994–98) and NCAA Division II Merrimack College (1989–94). He spent eight seasons under Pete Gillen at both Virginia and Providence. In his four seasons at Virginia, Herrion helped Gillen orchestrate a 70–50 (58%) record and three postseason appearances. His main responsibilities included recruitment of student-athletes, scheduling and scouting of opponents and assisting with practice planning and game preparation. Additionally, the Cavaliers' recruiting classes were ranked among the nation's top-10 in three of his four seasons with the program. At Providence under Gillen, the Friars put together a 72–53 (58%) four-year record including a berth in the NCAA Tournament's Elite Eight and two NIT appearances.

Herrion also served as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Merrimack College, from 1989 to 1994. During that time, he helped guide Merrimack to two NCAA Division II tournament appearances.

College of Charleston[edit]

As a head coach, Tom spent four seasons at the College of Charleston. From 2002 to 2006, Herrion compiled an 80–38 (68%) four-year record, earned a national top-25 ranking, guided his team to the 2003 National Invitation Tournament and achieved the best winning percentage in the Southern Conference during that period. His first Cougar team in 2002–03 finished 25–8, captured the Great Alaska Shootout title and advanced to the NIT. His 25 victories marked the highest total of any first-year NCAA Division I head coach during the 2002–03 season. Herrion also guided the Cougars to a 20–9 finish in 2003–04, 18–10 performance in 2004–05 and 17–11 record in 2005–06.

University of Pittsburgh[edit]

In the spring of 2007, Tom arrived at the University of Pittsburgh as an assistant to head coach Jamie Dixon. Tom was later promoted to the position of associate head coach at Pittsburgh where his main responsibilities included recruiting student-athletes, game preparation and on-floor coaching. Tom assisted head coach Jamie Dixon in leading Pitt to the NCAA tournament during his three year stint that included a 2009 run to the "Elite Eight" in 2009, a year that saw the Panthers earn their first-ever no. 1 rankings in the AP Poll and Coaches' Poll, their first-ever victories over a no. 1 ranked team (UConn, twice), and their first ever no. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament (East Region). During the 2007–08 season, Tom helped Jamie Dixon lead Pitt to win the Big East Tournament. In the 2009–10 season, he aided Dixon in a solid season; losing to Notre Dame in their first Big East Tournament game, and then exiting the NCAA's in a second round loss to Xavier.

Marshall University[edit]

Herrion was announced April 10, 2010 as the 28th head coach of men's basketball at Marshall University.[2]

In 2012, Herrion coached the Thundering Herd to the National Invitational Tournament for the first time since 1988.[3]

On March 14, 2014, Marshall announced it had bought out the remaining 2-years of Herrion's contract. Herrion went 67-67 in four seasons but just 24-41 in his final two years. Marshall Athletic Director Mike Hamrick said "We just didn't win enough games." Herrion's buyout will be around $550,000.[4]

Georgia Tech[edit]

On September 18, 2014, Herrion was hired by Georgia Tech head coach Brian Gregory as an assistant coach.[5]

Broadcasting Career[edit]

Herrion spent the 2006–07 year working as a television commentator for both ESPN Regional and Comcast, providing analysis for Conference USA games. He also worked as a collegiate player development consultant at the Nike All-American Camp and Michael Jordan Flight School before becoming the assistant head coach at Pittsburgh.

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
College of Charleston (Southern Conference) (2002–2006)
2002–03 Charleston 25–8 13–3 1st (south) NIT Second Round
2003–04 Charleston 20–9 11–5 T–1st (south)
2004–05 Charleston 18–10 10–6 2nd (south)
2005–06 Charleston 17–11 9–6 3rd (south)
College of Charleston: 80–38 43–20
Marshall (Conference USA) (2010–2014)
2010–11 Marshall 22–12 9–7 6th CIT First Round
2011–12 Marshall 21–14 9–7 6th NIT First Round
2012–13 Marshall 13–19 6–10 9th
2013–14 Marshall 11–22 4–12 15th
Marshall: 67–67 28–36
Total: 147–105

      National champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion


  1. ^ Herrion ready to restart his career. ESPN. May 28, 2010.
  2. ^ Tom Herrion Named Head Basketball Coach at Marshall. April 10, 2010.
  3. ^ Thundering Herd headed to NIT. Herald-Dispatch. March 11, 2012.
  4. ^ Marshall buys out Tom Herrion. March 14, 204.
  5. ^ Gregory completes staff with former Marshall HC, promotes Dollar. September 18, 2014.