Garry Herron was named the new head football coach at East Alton-Wood River High School at Tuesday night’s school board meeting.
Garry has been an assistant coach at Roxana High School since 2012. Herron, 31, will succeed Joe Parmentier who resigned as head coach after the 2014 football season. Herron was a top assistant at Roxana the past two seasons, under head coach Pat Keith. He has also held assistant coaching positions at Jersey for three years under head coach Gary Carter and began his coaching career at EA-WR in 2003-2007.
The Oilers are coming off of a 1-8 (1-6) season and are members of the Prairie State Conference, along with Marquette, Metro East Lutheran, Mount Olive, Bunker Hill, Pawnee, South Fork, and Nokomis.
“We are happy to announce Garry Herron as the next head football coach at East Alton-Wood River High School,” EA-WR athletics director Adam Miller said. “Garry’s experience of calling the varsity offense and defense as an assistant coach will be a great asset for him moving forward. Garry is a coach who is very passionate about his student-athletes and the game of football, from weight training to success on the field and in the classroom. We think he will work very hard and put in a lot of time in and out of season. He’s the right person to get our football program going in the right direction.”
Herron is a 2002 graduate of EA-WR. He graduated from SIUE in 2013 with a BS in physical education and will finish a special education endorsement in spring 2015. Herron has also accepted a teacher’s aide position at EA-WR for the 2015-2016 school year.