Casey Splane, The Circuit
Benedictine men’s soccer coach Rob Herringer announced his resignation as head coach on Dec. 16, 2015.
Herrigner spent a total of 19 years at BC as a student, employee and as head coach.
In his 11 years as coach, Herringer has led the Ravens to three Heart Conference titles including winning back-to-back titles in 2012-2013. The Ravens also qualified for the NAIA National Tournament three times, including hosting the first ever postseason match in program history in 2013.
Herringer became the school’s all-time wins leader in 2014 when he passed his former coach John Casey, who the soccer complex is named after and leaves Benedictine with an overall record of 124-43-21.
He took the position of Executive Director of the Elkhorn Soccer Club in Omaha, Nebraska.
“He’ll still have an impact even though he isn’t here,” said sophomore Adam James.
James, who started for the Ravens the past two years, was shocked when he and his teammates first found out, but knew in the long run why he decided to step down.
“I respect it because he’s doing it for his family,” James said. “Our relationship was pretty good and he was a good friend.”
Herringer was not only a positive influence off the field to many players, but also a good coach.
“He was a great mentor,” said sophomore goalie Caleb Jenkins. “We had a good relationship which really started my first year here. He was really beneficial to my soccer career.”
The search for a new head coach has opened new oppurtunities for the returning players. For some, it is a new time to showcase talents and for others it is a time to continue to prove what they have.
“It’s a little different, but we’re just continuing on,” said junior Brendan O’Keefe.
The men’s team continues to play futsal indoors and lift, two staples of the off-season program for the Ravens.
“The team leaders have stepped up and were still doing something,” James said.
“We all know that you come in and you have to impress a new coach,” Jenkins said. “You have to step up and prove yourself.”
When it does come time for the beginning of the year, one constant will remain the same: the players.
“I’ll be out on the field with my teammates and I’m excited for the opportunity,” O’Keefe said.
The athletic department and school are currently still searching for a new coach for the program.