Rich Herrin A Head Coach Ahead of His Time

The story of how Rich Herrin spent his life influencing young lives and transforming a small coal mining community into a basketball powerhouse.

Doug Collins (NBA Coach, ’72 Olympian): “When I was growing up…I wanted to be Coach Herrin. Think about it…He was tough, fair, and honest. I never heard him say a swear word…he was just a good Christian man. I wanted a family like Coach Herrin…a wife like Sue. I wanted to coach and teach and give back like Coach Herrin.”

Rich Yunkus (Georgia Tech All-Time Leading Scorer): “Coach Herrin never expected anything out of you that he didn’t expect himself. He had an unbelievable work ethic and led by example. He cared for you as a person and not just an athlete.”

Dick Corn (Pinckneyville High School Coaching Legend ): “As great a coach as he was and as passionate as he was toward basketball…his greatest achievements were as a husband, dad, grandfather and dearest friend to many.”



About the Author

Matt Wynn

Matt Wynn grew up in the Southern Illinois basketball "hotbed" of Benton, Illinois. Wynn takes the reader on an Euphoric basketball journey through the incredible life of legendary basketball Coach, Rich Herrin. Matt had the unique experience of playing high school basketball (Benton) for Ron Herrin and college basketball (SIU) for his younger brother, Rich. Ironically, Wynn now teaches Freshman Health in Rich Herrins old classroom at Benton High School. Matt graduated from Southern In llinois University in 1992 with a bachelor's degree in Health Education. He is married to Trudee (Buntin) Wynn, and they have two children: Bailey and Gehrig. Matt is now entering his 30th year in education.


Rich Herrin A Head Coach Ahead of his time

This book is great for any lover of basketball, not just a Benton Ranger or an SIU Saluki. The author, Matt Wynn, captured the true essence of what it’s like to play the sport and how much it takes for a great coach like Rich Herrin to mentor players and teach lessons much beyond the basketball court. Although the book is a wonderful trip down memory lane for those of us lucky enough to live in Benton and Southern Illinois during this time, it would appeal to any player, coach, or fan. –Reviewed by Best Cook in the World via Barnes and Noble

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The book not only serves as a biography of Rich Herrin and his dedication to basketball , but also as a look back at the players that helped make the coach. Anyone who likes basketball would enjoy reading this book, and if you are a Benton Ranger or SIU Saluki fan you would love the book. -Reviewed by Basketball fan via Barnes and Noble


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