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Girls Track And Field Coaching Staff

Head Coach Ericka Herd

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Some may say Ericka Herd was destined to become the next “Coach Herd.” She grew up attending college football practices and film meetings with her father Sheldon Herd who coached at Lincoln Missouri, Eastern Illinois and Northern Illinois. Herd was the boy her father never had. Giving directions and planning strategies was being manifested through her father.

At Dekalb High School in Illinois, Herd was a standout athlete playing basketball and cheering but her most gifted talent came from the track and field team. She was a state qualifier in multiple events each of the four years in high school. She finished 8th in the 400 (58.67) during her sophomore year and 8th in the 800 (2:19.4) during her senior year. Her versatility on the track earned her a bid at the collegiate level. Herd competed at Eastern Kentucky University as an 800 meter runner. She graduated in 1998 with a BA in Communications.

Shortly afterwards, her coaching career began spanning almost 20 years ago. Herd was hired on as an assistant track coach for Louisville Central’s Lady Yellowjackets while teaching Middle School Spanish at Westport Middle School. At one point, Herd was even the Head Volleyball Coach at Central for two seasons.

As her education in coaching started to manifest, Herd left Central all together and began focusing on rebuilding a strong middle school track program at Westport Middle. Herd led her girl’s middle track team to their first state championship in 2005 and she was named Kentucky Middle School Coach of the Year. At this time, she was also hired on as the Girl’s Assistant Track Coach at Louisville Ballard High School. Under the direction of Donald Goodwin, Ballard High School had developed a competitive reputation and when Herd came on to join their dynasty, they were about to claim a third consecutive state title. After coaching under Goodwin for 5 seasons, Goodwin retired and Herd took over the program. Her first season as Ballard’s Girls Head Coach, she led the team to another state victory in 2009. She was then also named Kentucky High School Coach of the Year.

In 2011, Herd felt like a change was needed in her career. She left Ballard and began teaching Freshman English and was named the new Girl’s Track Coach at Jeffersonville High School. The girls program was in transition and Herd along with her new staff worked hard to establish a strong program again. It was during her third season that the program began to blossom. From 2014-2016, the team has finished as Conference runner-up twice, dominated sectionals three straight seasons, placed among the top four teams at the regional meet and qualified for the state meet in 14 different events and one individual, Nycia Ford was able to claim a 9th place medal in the shot put. The school’s mile relay team has also been broken twice under Herd’s direction. The school record is currently 4:00.68. Last season in 2016, Herd was also named NTSPY Coach of the Year. The Lady Red Devils have been revived and are looking to continue on a pathway to stardom!

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