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Coach 2 Leaving Indians

Posted: January 30, 2008 3:29 a.m.
Updated: April 1, 2008 2:02 a.m.

Former Hart High defensive coordinator Rick Herrington looks toward a referee during a game Nov. 16. After 30 years coaching at Hart High, Herrington has accepted the defensive coordinator position at Alemany High in Mission Hills.

For three decades, Hart football has been identified by one family - the Herringtons - Mike, Rick and Dean.

Once a coaching triumvirate, now it's a solo act.
After 30 seasons coaching at Hart High, defensive coordinator Rick Herrington is leaving Hart football to assume the same duties at Alemany High, where brother Dean has been the head coach the past two seasons.
"I just want to do something different. I've been doing the same thing for 30 years," Rick said. "I needed a change of scenery. Not that I had anything against Hart. I'm still teaching there, but something needs to be done just for me. I didn't want to sound too selfish, but I wanted to try something new."
Hart head coach Mike Herrington said he has some time to find a replacement for his brother, but said it will be difficult to hire a hopeful incoming teacher because of a lack of positions.
Mike said losing his brother is a big loss because Rick puts in more time than him.
"Oh yeah, it hurts a bit," Mike said. "But I'm not mad. It's a good opportunity for him."
Rick said it has been more difficult to coach at Hart the past couple of seasons because the same routine was tiring.
He added that there is no rift between any of the brothers.
"Oh no, there's nothing wrong with us three," Rick said, then adding a joke. "The only time we ever argue is if we do something on the field, we go in coaches office and yell at each other."
Alemany principal Frank Ferry said he approached Rick two years ago to coach at the school and Dean has done the same thing as well, though in a joking manner.
Rick said he met with his wife and discussed a change of scenery and recently contacted Ferry and Dean, who was Hart's offensive coordinator from 1989 to 2000, about a possible coaching job.
"All of a sudden, I decided I need to do something different," Rick said. "I hope the people at Hart will understand that."
Though Hart has been best known for its quarterbacks over the last three decades, it has also molded great defensive talent.
In 13 of the last 14 years, Hart has had an All-CIF linebacker.
Though he said talent has a lot to do with it, others have taken note of Rick's ability to get a lot out of his players.
Including his brother.
"He's arguably the best defensive coordinator in Southern California. I know he's my brother, but a lot of other people say that also," Dean said.
A once lightly-regarded football program, Alemany improved into an 8-4 team with a Mission League co-championship in 2007.
Rick describes his approach as conservative.
He stresses technique and fundamentals above all else.
Alemany's previous defensive coordinator was Hart legend and former running back Ted Iacenda, who will remain on staff and assume the role as receivers coach.
He will also keep his job as assistant head coach.
Rick will continue to teach at Hart.


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