Men's Soccer | Coaches
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For the past eight seasons, the Raven men's soccer program has been led by one of its own – Rob Herringer. Coach Herringer guided Benedictine to the rare double championship in 2012 as the Ravens earned both the Heart of America Athletic Conference (HAAC) regular season and postseason tournament titles.
Under the leadership of Coach Herringer, the Raven soccer team has compiled an impressive 97-34-15 overall record (46-14-8 conference record) and have been consistently ranked in the NAIA Top 25.
In addition to another oustanding conference season in 2012, the program earned a berth into the NAIA Men's Soccer National Championship Tournament for the second time under Coach Herringer. Along with the team success this fall came individual success as well. Benedictine placed seven players on the All-HAAC team and Coach Herringer earned his second HAAC Coach of the Year award. The individual honors didn't stop at the HAAC level as the program also had two players selected as NAIA All-America – including the programs second-ever first-team selection.
In 2011, Herringer's squad made the post-season HAAC Tournament for the fourth year in a row since the current playoff format was implemented. In 2010, the team was ranked as high as #6 in the nation. The 2009 team won the HAAC Regular Season Championship and reached the Sweet 16 of the NAIA National Championship Tournament. Due to the team's remarkable performance in 2009, Herringer was honored with the HAAC Coach of the Year Award.
Coach Herringer graduated in 2000 from Benedictine College with a B.A. in English and Secondary Education, again in 2004 with a Master of Arts in Educational Administration and was a four-year letterman on the Men's Soccer Team.
As a player at Benedictine, Herringer was a 1999 Second Team NAIA All-Region and First Team All-HAAC forward for the Ravens. He was also named to the NAIA Academic All-Region and All-America Teams in 1999.
Originally from Bellevue, Nebraska, Herringer was a First Team All-Nebraska selection and three-time Bellevue Leader Player of the Year at Bellevue East High School. In addition, he played nine years for the prestigious Omaha Gladiator Soccer Club (now Omaha FC) and Coach Doug Trenerry.
Prior to coaching at BC, Herringer was the Head Men's and Women's Soccer Coach at Kansas 6A Leavenworth High School in Leavenworth, Kansas from 2000-2005. In 2005, he was named the Kansas 6A Sunflower League Co-Coach of the Year.
In 2004, he received the Kansas Youth Soccer Girls' ODP Coach of the Year award and was also granted the USSF April Heinrichs/Nike Coaching Education Scholarship.
He is currently holds the NSCAA Master Coach Diploma. He also holds the NSCAA Premier Diploma (distinguished pass) and USSF National "A" Coaching License. In addition, he is a Regional Technical Director and National Staff Coach for the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and has also served on the USYSA Region II and Kansas Boys' ODP Coaching Staffs. He has also studied at top professional clubs and federations including: Manchester United, Everton, Liverpool, Chelsea, Fulham, Columbus Crew (MLS) and the KNVB (The Netherlands).
Coach Herringer and his wife, Cymbre, also a 2000 graduate of Benedictine, currently reside in Lansing, Kansas with their son, Connor James.
The Herringer File: 2005-2012 Highlights
- 2012 HAAC Postseason Tournament Champions
- 2012 HAAC Coach of the Year
- 2012 NAIA National Championship Tournament Qualifier
- 2009 NAIA National Tournament- Round of 16
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