was the face of EHS tennis
...It's going to be a major adjustment for me seeing someone other than Darrell Herndon as the Enid High School tennis coach.Herndon is the last EHS coach remaining who was at his current position when I came to this newspaper in the summer of 1978.He
certainly made my job easier.Herndon
might have been the most organized coach I've dealt with.He
always knew the impact a certain tournament would have on future seeding information.
You could count on him to call from a tournament site with the results instead of waiting until he
might have scared his
first girls team with his
style, but those girls grew to love him as a coach.He
learned to joke with them.Herndon
can laugh now about how he
locked up the girls equipment during the lunch break at the 1988 state tournament.That's when EHS
won its first title.He
cared deeply about his
best to try to put seniors in a position to win a state individual championship.
said that was the greatest disappointment of his
mellowed through the years.Herndon
wasn't quite as intense during the preparations for the state tournament as he
used to be.
Herndon's biggest thrill might have been coaching his
daughter, Heather, and son, Heath.He
regretted the time he
had to spend away from them when he
was coaching football.He
didn't apologize if he
spent a little more time watching Heather or Heath.He
hoped people would understand. He
didn't show favorites in the lineup.Heather played two years on the varsity.Heath didn't make the varsity until his
The Herndon men occasionally would have a father-son argument.Coach Herndon said his kids were less afraid of him than their teammates.As a coach Herndon might have had higher expectations.
Six state championships - five girls and one boys - is a legacy to be proud of.He
indeed was the face of Enid tennis.