Derek Herman of Battle Creek is the new head coach of the Kellogg Community College softball team.
A Union City High School graduate and former U.S. Marine, Herman comes to KCC with several years of experience coaching local softball, including stints as Union City’s JV softball coach and as assistant for the Union City varsity team. Since 2011, Herman has been active coaching summer softball and baseball programs and travel softball programs at all ages and skill levels, including teams from B.U.C.S. League II, Brown’s Fastpitch, Shamrocks Fastpitch and Union City Sandy Koufax.
KCC Athletic Director Tom Shaw said he’s happy to announce Herman as the Bruins’ new softball coach.
“Derek’s enthusiasm towards softball is contagious and his desire to coach our ladies on the team is exciting,” Shaw said. “Coach Herman brings experience from coaching multiple age groups in travel softball. His organizational skills should help him in the college ranks here at KCC.”
Herman said in addition to his years of coaching, his military experience has given him the tools necessary to be a coach who leads by example, instills discipline in his players in the classroom as well as on the softball field, and inspires his players toward “a relentless pursuit of excellence.”
“I have a great passion for the game of softball and am eager to continue the winning KCC softball tradition for years to come,” Herman said.
Herman replaces Darrick Brown, who left KCC earlier this month after coaching the Bruins for two seasons and accepting the head softball coach position at Olivet College.
KCC’s Bruin softball team this year finished a record-breaking season as the Michigan Community College Athletic Association state champions and MCCAA Western Conference champions, wrapping up their spring with a 27-5 conference record and a 37-13 record overall. The team ended the spring with more wins than any other KCC softball team in the program’s history, their season coming to an end only after a loss in the quarterfinals of the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II Softball District I Championship.
For more information about KCC’s softball program, visit www.kellogg.edu/softball.
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