Rich Herrin

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Rich Herrin (born April 6, 1933) is a college basketball coach at Morthland College. He was head coach of the Southern Illinois University Salukis men's basketball team from 1985 to 1998. He was also one of the most successful high school basketball coaches in Illinois history, at Benton High School (Rangers), where he coached numerous renowned players, including former NBA and Olympic star, Doug Collins, Saint Louis University Walk-On Legend "Jumpin" Joe Durham, as well as former Georgia Tech great, Richard Yunkus. After SIU, he coached at Marion for some time before retiring in 2007.

He returned to coaching again in 2012 to upstart the Morthland College men's basketball program.[1]

Herrin was the son of a Methodist minister in Bridgeport, Illinois. He played high school basketball on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday nights. Games were not scheduled on Wednesdays back then because most churches had services on that night of the week. Rich won 7 varsity letters in high school and 11 letters at McKendree College in Lebanon.

Rich had four undefeated teams in regular season play – 1966, 1967, 1971 and 1975. His Benton teams won 8 South Seven conference championships and finished second twice. Three Ranger teams advanced to the Elite 8 and four others lost in a photo finish. Rich’s brother Ron Herrin started his coaching career at Freeburg, spent many successful years at Olney then finished at Benton after Rich's departure for SIU.

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Coach Overall Conference Standing Postseason
SIU Salukis[2] (Missouri Valley Conference) (1985–1998)
1985–86 SIU Salukis 8–20 4–12 T-8th
1986–87 SIU Salukis 12–17 5–9 6th
1987–88 SIU Salukis 12–16 6–8 T-4th
1988–89 SIU Salukis 20–14 6–8 T-5th NIT 1st Round
1989–90 SIU Salukis 26–8 10–4 1st NIT 1st Round
1990–91 SIU Salukis 18–14 9–7 T-4th NIT Quarterfinals
1991–92 SIU Salukis 22–8 14–4 T-1st NIT 1st Round
1992–93 SIU Salukis 23–10 12–6 2nd NCAA 1st Round
1993–94 SIU Salukis 23–7 14–4 T-2nd NCAA 1st Round
1994–95 SIU Salukis 23–9 13–5 T-2nd NCAA 1st Round
1995–96 SIU Salukis 11–18 4–14 T-10th
1996–97 SIU Salukis 13–17 6–12 9th
1997–98 SIU Salukis 14–16 8–10 8th
SIU Salukis: 225–174 111–103
Morthland College Patriots[3] (NCCAA Mid-east II) (2012–present)
2012-13 Morthland Patriots 6-20
2013-14 Morthland Patriots 13–10
Morthland Patriots: 19-30
Total: 244-204

      National champion         Postseason invitational 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

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