RIVERDALE — Only recently did Terry Herrod interview for the head football coaching job at Riverdale High.
But unofficially, he won school athletic director Tommy Hector over on Sept. 21 of last year. That is when Herrod was the defensive coordinator at Dutchtown and they were playing an undefeated Riverdale squad.
Riverdale came into Dutchtown’s stadium with a lot of momentum and conference as they were starting to gain some state-wide recognition.
After the final buzzer, Riverdale was leaving with a 38-0 loss tagged to their record.
Fast-forward to last week, and that loss to Dutchtown played big into Herrod being named the Riverdale coach.
Throughout the interview process with Herrod, Ector could tell that his new coach was “a student of the game, who puts a lot of time into it.”
Herrod dissected the Riverdale offense to near perfection, according to Ector, who was a member of the team’s offensive staff.
“I could tell during the interview when we talked about that game that he did his homework,” Ector said. “He knew our tendencies and weakness, and it definitely showed in the game.”
Herrod was a large part of Dutchtown’s success, including a run to the Class AAAA quarterfinals in 2010. They were pretty much build as a defensive juggernaut.
Now that Riverdale is starting to turn its football fortunes around, Herrod seems the pretty fit to continue the success.
Like is predecessor Olten Downs, Herrod played at Shaw High in Columbus. He was a teammate of Downs’ brother at the school. Down s earned his reputation as a defensive specialist in the coaching ranks.
During the winter, Herrod served this past season at the school’s boy’s basketball coach. Dutchtown finished third in the region tournament and earned a trip to the state playoffs.
But now, he will strictly concentrate on the football duties.
And Ector is content he will make a difference.
“I was very impressed when we played them that Dutchtown came with an excellent gameplan,” Ector said. “He is thorough with the way he approaches the game. There were very few times that Dutchtown was blown out.”
Herrod has wasted little time getting ready for the season. He has started break down film and putting together a staff.
“He comes in with great knowledge of the game,” Ector said.
And that knowledge should be put to get use to help Riverdale continue to succeed.
Derrick Mahone is the sports editor of the Clayton News Daily. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.