|Title:||Head Golf Coach|
The 2012-13 academic year will mark the third year for long-time New England PGA golf professional as head golf coach at Bentley University.
During the 2011-12 season, Bentley captured the Northeast-10-10 Academic Team Excellence Award for golf, becoming one of only three teams in the 16-team, 23-sport conference that won an NE-10 championship while also compiling the highest GPA of all the teams competing in that sport within the conference.
One of his players, Matt Michel, was selected as the conference's top scholar-athlete in the sport of golf and was also voted to the Capital One NCAA Division II Academic All-America third team. Michel was also chosen for the five-player Academic All-Northeast-10 golf team, along with teammates Dan McQueen and Harry Kirkpatrick.
On the course, the 2011-12 season featured three tournament wins with Bentley taking home the hardware from the Northeast-10 Championships, the New England Intercollegiate Golf Association Championship and the Saint Rose Golden Knight Shootout. The Falcons also made a return trip to the NCAA Division II East/Atlantic Super Regional and lowered the team's average stroke average over a stroke to 78.4.
Herron's first season at the helm was highlighted by a marked improvement in overall scoring. The team's total stroke average was 1.3 strokes better than the prior season (79.5 as compared to 80.8), and it marked the first time in Bentley history that the golf team had five players average in the 70s for the entire season.
Ranked eighth in the East Region, Bentley was selected for the NCAA Division II East/Atlantic Super Regional, which was held in Hershey, Pa. His first season also included Bentley's first spring break golf trip (Myrtle Beach, S.C.) and a spring break tournament in Ocean City, Md.
In addition to his coaching duties, Herron serves as the Tournament Manager for both the Cape Cod and Rhode Island chapters within the NEPGA. He sits on the executive committee of the New England Intercollegiate Golf Association and works as a rules of golf official for the NEPGA junior tour. He also has been a longtime chair of interviewing committee for the Francis Ouimet Scholarship Fund – a Massachusetts based financial assistance organization which aids college bound youth who work in the golf industry in the commonwealth.
Herron has won the Dutch Wessner Award seven times – emblematic of player of the year within the Cape Cod PGA region. He has played in three PGA Tour events, six National Club Professional championships and three Senior National Club Pro championships. He has won six Cape Cod PGA Stroke Play championships and seven match play championships. Herron lost in a playoff in the 2008 NEPGA Seniors Championship.
Herron, who earned to PGA membership in 1982, is the former Director of Golf at several New England golf facilities. He played for both the Macalester College golf team (NAIA) and the University of Pennsylvania golf team (Div I) in the mid-70’s.