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November 13, 1967 |
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
Cambridge RLS (asst.)
College of Charleston
Pittsburgh (asst./assoc. HC)
|Head coaching record|
|Accomplishments and honors|
SoCon Regular Season Championship (2003)
Tom Herrion (born November 13, 1967) is an American college basketball coach, most recently the head coach for the Marshall Thundering Herd men's basketball team. He previously served as associate head basketball coach at the University of Pittsburgh and head coach at the College of Charleston.
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.
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).
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
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
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.
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.
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
|College of Charleston (Southern Conference) (2002–2006)|
|2002–03||Charleston||25–8||13–3||1st (south)||NIT Second Round|
|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|
- Herrion ready to restart his career. ESPN. May 28, 2010.
- Tom Herrion Named Head Basketball Coach at Marshall. HerdZone.com. April 10, 2010.
- Thundering Herd headed to NIT. Herald-Dispatch. March 11, 2012.
- Marshall buys out Tom Herrion. ESPN.com. March 14, 204.