With more than 31 years of prep and collegiate experience, Greg Herrick begins his 21st season as head coach at College of the Canyons. He is considered one of the most innovative and respected coaches in the United States and is recognized by many as one of the leading authorities on fast-break basketball.
In his 31 years as a head coach, Herrick has led his teams to 20 conference or league championships, including back-to-back Los Angeles City Section Boys Basketball championships at Cleveland High School in Reseda, Calif., 14 Western State Conference titles at College of the Canyons and five appearances in the Women's California State Championship Tournament. In 1997, the Cougars were state finalists, posting a school record 33 wins (33-5) and setting the all-time California Community College single-season scoring record when the team averaged 95.7 points per game.
Herrick has been named conference or league Coach of the Year 15 times and has led his teams to playoff appearances in 29 of 31 seasons. The Cougars are an outstanding 208-24 (.897) in conference play over the past 20 seasons and have won 14 conference titles. Herrick has been named Western State Conference Coach of the Year eight times and was honored by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association as a finalist for its CONVERSE National Junior College Coach of the Year in both 1995 and 1997.
Herrick is a 1971 graduate of Oakland's Bishop O'Dowd High School where he was selected Athlete of the Year as a senior and is a member of the school's Athletic Hall of Fame. In the spring of 2010, he was also inducted into the Reseda-Cleveland High School Basketball Hall of Fame.
Herrick received his bachelor's degree in history from Loyola Marymount University in 1975 and a master's degree in educational administration from California State University, Northridge in 1989.
He also teaches United States history and contemporary American problems at Academy of the Canyons on the COC campus. His teaching efforts were recognized in 2008 when he was named Teacher of the Year and in 2010, the Los Angeles Lakers named him the December Educator of the Month in a ceremony at the STAPLES Center.