OGLESBY — Assistant coach Chris Herman was appointed Illinois Valley Community College head men’s basketball coach, IVCC President Jerry Corcoran announced.
“I have no doubt Chris will do a fabulous job as our head coach,” said Corcoran. “He is humble, kind and student-centered. His Project Success students and staff love him and so will his teams.”
Herman was an assistant for IVCC’s Tommy Canale for six seasons (2007-08 to 2012-13). He also spent three years as an assistant at Pratt (Kan.) Community College after working for his father as an assistant at Illinois Central College (ICC) from 1995 to 1999 and John A. Logan College in Carterville from 1991-94.
Canale announced his resignation as coach and athletic director July 23 after seven seasons.
“I am very excited about this opportunity and I think our young men will play hard for me,” said Herman. “I want to learn and grow as a coach each day and I want the same thing for my players. It looks like we have the making of a quality team.”Herman said IVCC will play an attacking style defense and offense.“I don’t like to walk the ball up the floor,” he said.
The Washington, Ill. native played at ICC, Sam Houston State in 1985 and Georgia College and State University. Stationed in Germany in 1989 as a lance missile crew member, Herman played for the U.S. Army European basketball champion Wiesbaden Eagles.
Herman’s father, Carroll, coached 32 years including 20 at ICC where his teams had eight straight 20-win seasons. The 1997 team, on which Chris was an assistant, finished third in the NJCAA national tournament.
IVCC hired Herman in 2006 as a counselor for Project Success, a federally-funded TRiO program serving about 160 low-income, first generation and disabled students annually. He was named director of the program in 2008.
Aside from ICC and John Logan, he worked previously at Pratt as an academic advisor and special needs coordinator. Herman earned his master’s and bachelor’s from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.