New Lady Tigers head coach Eric Herrick is no stranger to Dawson County. Last year, Herrick led the Dawson County Tigers to their second consecutive region win and an appearance in the GHSA state playoffs.
Before that, Herrick served as head coach for the North Forsyth Lady Raiders and led the Lady Raiders to seven playoff appearances in his eight years at the school, including back-to-back seasons where the team went undefeated in region play.
Last week the Dawson County News sat down with Herrick to talk through his new role in Dawson County.
What triggered your decision to become the Lady Tigers new coach?
“I just feel like coaching girls basketball is my passion,” Herrick said. “I had a great time with the boys this year and we were able to win a region championship and 25 games. But at the end of the day I feel like I belong on the girl's side.”
Will you still be involved with the boys team at all?
“Hopefully I can be a friend to the boys I have gotten to know this year. However, I won’t be involved from a basketball standpoint. They will find a great coach to fill that opening.”
Does your coaching style change at all when coaching girls?
“My coaching style doesn’t change at all. These girls are athletes and want to win. I believe you coach them harder and love them harder.”
When comparing basketball to life, when do you know when it’s time to pass and move into the next phase of life rather than take another contested shot?
“I think it’s always tough to walk away from something that’s meant so much to you. Basketball has opened so many doors for me as a player and coach. I don’t look forward to having to make that tough decision that Coach Sweat just made. However, I do know there is a lot more to life than this game and I do look forward to walking on the beach every day with my wife one day.”
How excited are you surrounding the idea of getting back out on the court for this upcoming season?
“I’m very excited about this season. We have a bunch of talented kids returning after just losing two seniors. The team really battled injuries last year and I can’t wait to get those kids back. Also, we have a talented MS group moving up with some players that should contribute right away.”
What should the fans expect out of this season for the Lady Tigers?
“Looking forward to competing for a region championship next season. My expectations for this group are really high. I can’t wait to get to know these kids and be able to get back in the gym.”
Congratulations again. Hopefully, athletics can get somewhat back to normal soon and some summer workouts can start.
“Man I hope so. We have work to do.”