“It’s a dream come true for me,” Herring said. “It’s not just a job or another job or a new job, it’s the best job in Alabama. It’s just a no-brainer anywhere you look at it for me and my family. There’s nobody that you could have found that’s excited more to be here than Ryan Herring.”
The announcement came just after a school board meeting at which board members made Herring’s hiee official. Also hired at the meeting and introduced at the press conference was new band director David McDaniel.
Herring was more fit for the job than the other eight coaches who were interviewed, Principal Trey Holladay said. Holladay added that more than 40 candidates applied for the post.
Along with having “quality character,” coaching experience and a long-term commitment, Holladay said, Herring also fit “desirable qualities” that the board of education was looking for in it next coach.
“We think we hit a home run,” Holladay said. “We think we hit exactly what we were looking for.”
Despite only having been a head coach at Shelby County and Lincoln, where he coached in 2012, Herring, 37, is familiar with the Yellow Jackets. His dad, Robert, was the head coach at Oxford from 1985-98, winning eight region championships and all three of the school’s state titles. Herring graduated from Oxford during his father’s tenure as coach.
“There are places you want to be and things you want to do, and those things have been done here,” Herring said.
After informing the Lincoln players and administration that he was taking the job at Oxford last Thursday, Herring didn’t speak to his new players until after his introduction at the board meeting on Monday.
Moving forward, Herring said, he did not know of the specifics of what offense or defense he would run, also noting he didn’t know what workouts would look like for the spring or summer, but did say Oxford will “outwork everybody.”
“I’m just going to tell them the basics, and that’s expect to work, expect to win and expect to do things right,” Herring said. “And expect when you don’t that there will be consequences.”
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