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Darrell Herndon

Assistant Football Coach

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City of Enid


Enid High School Tennis Coach

Enid Public Schools


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enidnews.com

Rose and Worrell were 15-4 in mid-season together when EHS coach Darrell Herndon decided to tweak the lineup.


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'Side job' leads to career for HerndonWhen Darrell Herndon took a "side job'' as the Enid High School tennis coach in 1973 after joining the Plainsmen football staff, he never saw himself becoming the face of Enid tennis."I was going to coach for a few years in high school (football) and then go on to college,'' Herndon said."I didn't think in 1973 I would be a part of some state (tennis) championships.''Herndon, 62, leaves a legacy of state, conference and regional championships after announcing his retirement this week.He led the girls to five state, four state runner-up, 16 regional and 16 conference championships and the boys to one state, five state runner-up, 13 regional and 11 conference championships.That was a long way from the program he had in the spring of 1974, when EHS was playing on courts with cyclone fences and losing duals to Ponca City 9-0."I've been fortunate to be around some talented kids and people in this community who promoted tennis,'' said Herndon, who was named national coach of the year in 2002."I've been able to benefit from their success.''Herndon was an assistant football coach at EHS from 1973-98.He said 40 years of teaching and coaching was a good, round number to end on.Herndon worked with six different coaches as a football assistant.His biggest thrill was the Plainsmen's 1983 state championship team."That's an accomplishment most football coaches don't get to do,'' Herndon said.He misses football coaching only on Friday nights now."I don't miss the weekends, I don't miss the long hours every day during the week,'' Herndon said."It's getting worse for them now with all the summer camps and leagues.''He will miss the tennis tournaments on weekends and seeing coaching friends.However, he's noticed a change in that over the years."It's the cycle of life,'' he said."When I first came here, I didn't know very many people.In the middle of my tenure, I knew everybody.Now, I don't know that many people.''Herndon took the reins of the girls team in 1987.He said he enjoyed the challenge of coaching three different groups of athletes.Herndon said it was becoming increasingly difficult for EHS to compete with suburban areas that had racquet clubs."Jim and Matt were still producing two to three great players a year, but those schools who had racquet clubs to draw from were having six to 12,'' Herndon said.Herndon had 54 players make either All-State or the former Oklahoma Tennis Coaches Association All-Star teams.Thirteen boys and 27 girls were state champions."I knew that we were successful in the 1990s because of the number of high-quality kids that we had,'' Herndon said.Two of those All-Staters were his children - daughter, Heather, and son, Heath."We had some battles from time to time, but I wouldn't trade that for the world,'' he said.Herndon is reluctant to name his top players because he doesn't want to leave anyone out.He does use Nathan Beck - the 1995 No. 1 singles champion - as an example because he went 50-1.He was proud to see Beck go from a "hot-headed'' freshman to a solid senior leader.Beck and Herndon were united at the state tournament last weekend.Herndon enjoyed being a part of a tight-knit group that small teams such as tennis provide.Herndon saw himself mellowing some over the years."I sometimes read them the riot act, but not as often as I did back in the 1990s,'' Herndon said.Herndon underwent surgery for prostate cancer in the summer of 2006.


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Wright, 24-18, is seen as the sixth seed at No. 2 singles by coach Darrell Herndon for this year's state tournament.


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