Rene Herrerias

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Rene Herrerias
Sport(s) Men's basketball
Biographical details
Born (1926-06-04) June 4, 1926 (age 91)
San Francisco, California
Playing career
1947–1950 San Francisco
Position(s) Guard
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1950–1956 St. Ignatius Prep
1956–1960 California (asst.)
1960–1968 California
Head coaching record
Overall 97–101

Rene Anthony Herrerias (born June 4, 1926) is an American basketball coach. He served as head coach at University of California, Berkeley from 1960 to 1968.

Born in San Francisco, Herrerias graduated from St. Ignatius College Preparatory in 1944 and served in the United States Navy afterwards.[1][2]

From 1947 to 1950, Herrerias played college basketball at the University of San Francisco, where he was a member of the 1949 NIT championship team coached by Pete Newell. After graduating, he became head coach at St. Ignatius Prep.[2] As coach, Herrerias led St. Ignatius to four state titles, in 1951, 1954, 1955, and 1956.[2] Herrerias also taught history and typing at St. Igantius.[3]

Herrerias reunited with Newell as an assistant coach at Cal.[4] In 1960, Herrerias succeeded Newell as Cal's head coach. He resigned in 1968 because of a dispute with an African-American athlete Bob Presley. Presley was suspended from the team for violation of team training rules. Presley was reinstated three days later, but relations between African-American and white players on the team remained tense. Herrerias resigned after the season.[5][6] Herrerias has a record of 97-101 in his eight seasons at Cal.[7]

After resigning from Cal, Herrerias became a history teacher at El Camino High School in South San Francisco.[4]

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
California Golden Bears (Athletic Association of Western Universities) (1960–1968)
1960–61 California 13–9 5–7 4th
1961–62 California 8–17 2–10 5th
1962–63 California 13–11 4–8 5th
1963–64 California 13–14 8–7 3rd
1964–65 California 8–15 4–10 7th
1965–66 California 9–16 4–10 T–7th
1966–67 California 17–10 6–8 T–5th
1967–68 California 16–9 7–7 4th
California: 97–101 40–67
Total: 97–101


  1. ^ - Navy Muster Rolls, WWII
  2. ^ a b c "War & Valor (1940–1949)". St. Ignatius Prep. Retrieved May 19, 2016. 
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  4. ^ a b Christgau, John (2013), Michael and the Whiz Kids: A Story of Basketball, Race, and Suburbia in the 1960s, University of Nebraska Press, p. 67, ISBN 080324844X 
  5. ^ Wiggins, David Kenneth (1997), Glory Bound: Black Athletes in a White America, Syracuse University Press, p. 126, ISBN 0815627343 
  6. ^ "Cal Coach Rene Herrerias Quits". Lodi News-Sentinel. April 12, 1968. Retrieved December 28, 2013. 
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