Herrington is again named TOI-West Coach of the Year

Mike Herrington receives his award after the cross country meet a couple of weeks ago. Photo provided

Eagle Grove girls cross country coach Mike Herrington has had much success over the years in the sport, and has been blessed with several strong individual competitors including his own daughter. Now, for the second straight year, he has been recognized as the Top of Iowa-West Division Coach of the Year.

“This is a proud accomplishment, since it is voted on by the entire group of conference coaches,” stated Herrington. “Coaches you compete against on a weekly basis and over the entire season. The end result is they respect your accomplishments as a coach, the type of program you run and the level of sportsmanship your team reflects on a weekly basis. It is a reflection of your ability to work with youth on a daily basis, developing their individual and physical abilities and knowing that your team will be a contender when the starting gun is fired. The fact that I repeated as Coach of the Year this year is even more special for the team and myself.”

Herrington started his love for the sport in his own high school days, running for Central Webster (Burnside), which is now part of Southeast Valley. “Back then, the sport wasn’t raced to the level and dedication of today’s runners,” said Herrington. “The mileage levels, training routines and physical preparation of today’s runners has become an area of focus. Two-year, private and public colleges are also offering great scholarship opportunities for today’s high school runners wishing to continue to run at the next level.”

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