Rich Herrin

Rich Herrin (1933-2020)

Teams coached: Southern Illinois Salukis
Southern Illinois record: 225-176 (.561)
Overall record^: 225-176 (.561)

Career Accomplishments:


Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2012-2017 Morthland College
1985-1998 Southern Illinois

Rich Herrin Facts

  • Richard E. Herrin
  • Born April 6, 1933
  • Died December 25, 2020
  • Hometown: Benton, Illinois
  • Alma Mater: McKendree College (BA, 1956)
  • Earned 11 varsity letters (in basketball, track, golf and baseball) at McKendree in Lebanon, IL
  • After graduating in 1956, Herrin became the head basketball coach at Okawville HS (IL)
  • From 1960-85, Herrin served as the head coach at Benton HS in his hometown of Benton, IL
    • He won 21 regional championships and was named Southern Illinois’ COY five times
    • Coached a number of future college players, including eventual NBA player and coach Doug Collins
    • Amassed a total of 616 victories as a high school coach in Southern Illinois
  • Hired in 1985 to be the head coach of the SIU Salukis, his first collegiate gig
    • Turned around a program that went just 8-20 in his first season to seven straight postseason berths
    • Won three MVC titles and three MVC Tournaments and went to 3 NCAAs and 4 NITs
    • Parted ways with the school in 1998 after three-straight losing seasons
  • Spent a few years away before returning to the game, spending five years coaching at Marion HS (IL)
  • Finished his career as the head coach at Morthland College in West Frankfort, IL (closed in 2018)
  • Inducted into both the SIU Hall of Fame (c/o 2000) and the MVC Hall of Fame (c/o 2010)
  • Passed away Christmas Day 2020 at the age of 87; survived by his wife, Sue, and four children, Rodney, Kyle, Randy and Kristy

Rich Herrin Coaching Tree

  • Doug Collins (Philadelphia 76ers, Washington Wizards, Detroit Pistons, Chicago Bulls)
  • Chris Lowery (Southern Illinois)
  • Paul Lusk (Missouri State, Dubuque)
  • Robert McCullum (Florida A&M, South Florida, Western Michigan)


^ overall record includes head coaching positions at the NCAA Division I level only