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Ray Herring Jr. Outstanding Two-Way Player at Holy Trinity, Former Notre Dame Football Player Featured in ‘Sit Down w/ Steve’

SPACE COAST SPORTS HALL OF FAME

VIDEO ABOVE: Space Coast Sports Hall of Farmer Ray Herring Jr. interviews Steve Wilson in the latest edition of “Sit With Steve.” Herring talks with Wilson about the Holy Trinity, his alma mater and Norte University, his time at Florida Tech, his father Ray Herring, Sr., and more in this exclusive Space Coast Daily TV interview. .

VIDEO ABOVE: Ray Herring, Jr – 2017 Space Coast Sports Hall of Fame

2017 PREP INTRODUCTION

HOLY TRINITY GRADUATE

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA — If you had to select one person to represent the values ​​and character of what is expected of a successful student-athlete, Ray Herring Jr. is the face of this poster.

“Start here and go anywhere” is Holy Trinity’s motto, and Ray Herring Jr., who attended high school there from 2001 to 2004, took the motto very seriously.

Playing for the Tigers and head coach John Thomas, Herring was indeed here, there and everywhere on the football field. His commitment to helping his team win shone through from kickoff to final kickoff.

Herring played defensive back, running back and wide receiver during his days as the Tiger and was a four-time All-State First-Team selection.

“Start here and go anywhere” is Holy Trinity’s motto, and Ray Herring Jr., who attended high school there from 2001 to 2004, took the motto very seriously.

He was a big part of Holy Trinity teams who lost just 8 regular season games in four seasons, including a combined 17-1 record in his final two years – and Herring amassed incredible numbers playing on both sides of the ball.

He finished his career at Holy Trinity with 401 tackles and his 25 interceptions on defense which is still a school record.

Herring was even more impressive with the ball in his hands as he completed 85 passes for 2,063 yards. Herring averaged 24 yards per catch and scored 29 touchdowns.

In his final two years, he also carried the ball 74 times for almost 700 extra yards while striking out four more times. He scored 314 points for the Tigers in his career.

Herring, an outstanding all-around athlete, was also a valued member of Holy Trinity’s track and basketball teams. His athletic ability, character, and GPA have made him one of the most recruited athletes in East Central Florida.

His decision at university was difficult. Florida, Ohio State, Miami, and his eventual pick, Notre Dame, all wanted Herring to attend their school.

Herring played defensive back, running back and wide receiver during his days as the Tiger and was a four-time All-State First-Team selection.

Herring appeared in 50 matches for the Fighting Irish and always found a way to contribute as a valuable member of the team. Constantly willing to do what was needed, he played on special teams and some defensive packages where he made 471 appearances, totaling 43 tackles for the Irish, with 24 solo saves during his career.

He graduated from the academically demanding Notre Dame with a bachelor’s degree in sociology and computer applications and did so with a combined GPA of 3.2.

BUILD A LEGACY

After graduating, Herring returned to Brevard County where he was reunited with his old high school coach, John Thomas, but this time at Florida Tech. As a graduate assistant and recruiting coordinator, Herring was instrumental in helping another member of this year’s initiation class, Steve Englehart, recruit the very first class for the Panthers’ fledgling football program.

Herring rose through the ranks at Florida Tech and is now the athletic academic success coordinator and special assistant to athletic director Bill Jurgens.

Ray’s father, Herring Sr., was also a defensive back and was also about to play college football when he was tragically crippled on the field playing for the Palm Bay Pirates in 1977.

He passed away in March 2016, but even being disabled left a difficult legacy for any son. Herring Sr. has helped people in similar circumstances and worked with the Space Coast Center for Independent Living, which helps people with disabilities.

Aside from his mother, Valeri Herring, whom Ray worships, the man who knows him best would be Coach Thomas.

Commenting on Ray’s future, Thomas said: “Ray’s accomplishments so far speak for themselves, and he is well on his way to establishing his own legacy as an example and mentor for students- potential athletes.”

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