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Keith Herring Named Brentwood Football Coach

Herring's previous work includes five years of head coaching experience at Hazelwood West High School.

Keith Herring, former head coach of Hazelwood West High School's football program, has been named head football coach of Brentwood High School.

Herring was head coach at Hazelwood West from 2005-10, where he coached teams to three 7-3 seasons. In 2008, his team shared in the Suburban North conference championship with Hazelwood Central High School. Herring's resume includes 24 years of teaching and coaching experience with stints as offensive and defensive coordinators for his teams. 

Herring released the following statement in a news release:

“I look forward to working in the Brentwood School District and am committed to continuing the winning football tradition. The Brentwood football program has experienced a great deal of success during the last few years and it is my goal to build upon this success while stressing academics, character, respect, responsibility and relationship building skills in all my students and athletes. I am committed to helping young men become leaders and role models in their community and family while demonstrating the characteristics and values they learned from participating in our football program.”

Herring holds a master's degree in sport science from United States Sports Academy and a bachelor's degree in education from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

Herring takes the post to Pine Ridge High School in Deltona, FL, where he took a coaching position.

Look for more updates from Maplewood-Brentwood Patch today as we learn more.

Chris Kobler February 25, 2011 at 07:52 PM
Going to "bitch " at a school board meeting is the wrong way to phrase it...citizens of our community should be going to school board meetings (myself included) so that the board and administration realize that their are consequences to their decisions. Ultimately these people are elected to represent the rest of us in the decision making process and by completely relying on administration wants, have not been serving this district adequately these last years as far as our athletic program goes... and Mr Bosscat it does not sound like you are a resident of our fair city because if you were you would understand the regard we have for each other...I am a life long resident of the city but I did not graduate from Brentwood High School...I do however know the difference between right and wrong...I wish the new coach well and hope he learned his lesson at his last place of employment. We have a tendency to pick up other places problems
Dan Williams February 25, 2011 at 08:17 PM
This was a shameful process obviously Herring is friends with someone here. Bosscat u obviously know nothing about football or Manestar. He would have revamped the system & got us to another level. 3 district titles & a state championship runner-up in 5 years is definitely success. As for your alumni comment I have been to okinawa, Camp Pendleton, 29 Palms, Saudi Arabia, Holland, Korea, & Kuwait fighting for your right to hide behind a fake screen name & talk garbage, so your welcome for that right. I love Brentwood & will probably make my here forever. I have a vested interest here with my kids & family. If you don't like Alumni, Brentwood students, or the town of Brentwood move. Follow the link above & form your own opinion. This was wrong! BTW u can keep hiding I stuck my neck out there & earned u that right!
Dan Williams February 25, 2011 at 08:18 PM
BTW-We need to get back to the state title game next year & we have the kids to compete!
sara Adams February 25, 2011 at 09:35 PM
Isn't your wife on the Brentwood School Board and running for re-election??
addison54 February 25, 2011 at 10:20 PM
My question for all of you is were all of you for the hiring of Coach Manestar? It seems to me that's the case and you are all taking out your frustration about him not getting hired on here. Jeff Manestar is a very knowledgable and football-savy guy. Under Coach Herring he will have more say in the games and practice than he did with Scott Surgener, who simply put him off to the side like he was a no body. The fact of the matter is is that Jeff Manestar is still a part of our program and will be in a higher position than he previously was, even though it's not the head coaching spot like all of you had hoped. Dan- Do you really think that posting comments like this is the best way to get elected for the school board? You're running against a solid opponent who has had nearly a decade of experience on the school board. And you said earlier, experience is what's best.
anita caragher February 25, 2011 at 10:49 PM
is his wife really on the school board? Why would someone with a masters degree take a job as an ISS teacher? Were we the only ones who would give this guy a job? And as for bosscat, at least i have the "balls" to use my real name!
Jack Suntrup February 26, 2011 at 12:05 AM
Let's keep our heads please. It's easy to jump to conclusions when you're mad who you wanted didn't get picked. Remember that there were more factors than the community panel who interviewed the coaches. There were written scenarios the coaches had to answer, their ability to bring in a good line coach next year was probably a big factor, and there was never an actual vote on the committee. Everyone filled out pros and cons for everyone and they were taken into consideration. It's easy to call this guy a pedifile or whatever, but I would watch my words because no matter what you say now, this guy's the coach and I wouldn't want a bunch of people on Patch to harm Manestar's or any other coach's relationship with Coach Herring. He's a skilled coach and he's going to start ASAP in the weightroom so put some smiles on and enjoy Brentwood's new era!!!
Anthony Harper February 26, 2011 at 01:03 AM
Sara- Yes & yes- So please vote for her she is a wonderful woman.
Anthony Harper February 26, 2011 at 01:29 AM
Addison- There is no hiding the fact that I’m a supporter of Jeff. Did I want him to get the job? Yes! My frustration is that for the second time I was a part of the "highly touted" committee process that values parental input, only to have my time wasted once again. I encourage the School Board to do away with this process. Also, as a voting citizen I am VERY interested to hear how each elected Board Member voted. In our great democracy questions from the community are valued. Questions that may be asked are: Did the Board Members hear from the people they represent? Did it matter? If not, why not? What’s the consequence for not listening? They do represent us- right? Bottom line- I am just one, old alumni who LOVES Brentwood Football and the Players. I want the program to succeed now and 100 years from now (beat Maplewood). PS: I agree with Jack S please don’t label the new coach in derogatory ways.
Dan Williams February 26, 2011 at 04:26 AM
Jack I agree with u to a certain extent, but certain questions need to be answered here before we just move on. Please look at both these links u may or may not agree. Mr. Herring was suspended from his previous position as a Hazelwood coach and teacher. Due to an investigation regarding charges of impropriety in the usage of district’s email system? “Two Hazelwood West coaches replaced by new mentors”, by Mike Elder | STLhighschoolSPORTS.com | Posted: Tuesday, April 6, 2010 11:59 am |http://www.stltoday.com/sports/high-school/football/article_cdb394ce-e4e0-5937-b0c2-da36608cda0e.html Within two months of suspension Mr. Herring was replaced. The follow-up report is here: “AROUND NORTH COUNTY: Hazelwood West hires Vaughn to be new grid coach”, by Mike Elder | STLhighschoolSPORTS.com | Posted: Wednesday, June 23, 2010 1:34 pm | http://www.stltoday.com/sports/high-school/football/article_68416ca8-c557-59f0-b5cc-e302905f7b80.html What really happened here is my question? Why leave a top tier class 6 program for Brentwood & a ISS job? Red flag I don't know but I wanna find out. Coach Herrings overall record was 19-21 at Hazelwood west. Apparently the offense he runs is questionable per link #2. I love Brentwood Football & I want your legacy to continue for years to come!
Dan Williams February 26, 2011 at 05:00 AM
The School board & football are two different things. I do believe expressing myself openly & honestly is a breath of fresh air & just what the school board needs. I stepped up & put my name on the dotted line. If I am voted into one of the 3 spots I will question & decide what is best for the kids & the majority of the community. I will listen to suggestions from the community. I will be fair & run an "open" agenda. One of the things that I will look to change is, I will push to either allow these committees to "vote for a choice" or to "get rid of these useless committees". What is the point if they don't vote? The administrators will pick whoever they want anyway, it's obvious that's what happened here. Why waste peoples time listening to interviews on a committee & not picking someone? We need the imput otherwise its a smokescreen. As for your dad running for the board & his 10 years of experience, I like your dad & will be voting for him along with myself. I hope the new coach does well. I have put my heart & soul into helping you guys out every year. As I posted below I have questions I believe the community deserves answers to.
Dana Speaks February 26, 2011 at 07:01 PM
I agree with Mr. Williams. I think we, as parents of children in this school have the right to know the truth about what really happened. Yes, Jeff had my total support for all of the reasons that I feel are important such as Brentwood Alumnae, coaching here for quite a few years, Brentwood resident, etc. But I also know that he is great with these kids and would do anything to help them. I feel that is also of great importance. He truly cares about his players not just because of the game!
Joseph Mansker February 27, 2011 at 05:16 PM
People are unhappy with the choice made for the new head coach at Brentwood, that is obvious. People are questioning the Administrations decision making process, OK. Can we not take it out on the kids by trying to kill this guy before he ever steps foot on campus? At the end of the day it is the players that have to build and maintain a relationship with coach Herring, have faith in whatever system he brings to the table, and stay excited to play this game we all love. The decision has been made and it is not fair to the players to have to go into this thing harboring bad feelings about a coach they know very little about and it is not fair to coach Herring to have his dirty laundry aired in a public forum because someone is unhappy with the Admins decision. Did we really think a panel of students and alumni were going to have the final say? With the level of talent our seniors posses and the hunger for success our underclassmen exhibit, Bozo could coach these boys. We are headed back to the dome baby. Good luck coach Herring, assistants, and players, its gonna be a great season. GO EAGLES!
Michael Hake February 28, 2011 at 01:01 PM
Common Sense + Democray=Good Decision Good decision-imergoot(SP?) making 80+= is a joke beyond comprehension. SLAP ME AROUND AND CALL ME SUSAN. Wake up and smell the coffee. Thanks, My Obvious
Michael Hake February 28, 2011 at 01:06 PM
SO SAD THE KIDS SUFFER.
anita caragher March 01, 2011 at 01:36 AM
what is his salary for being an ISS teacher? He has a masters degree and is going to be an ISS teacher? There is something wrong with that picture and I would like to know why he is not teaching somewhere else.
Jake Caragher#2 March 01, 2011 at 02:15 AM
WELCOME COACH HERRING! Everybody who wanted manstar as head coach is overreacting. Dan the only reason you wanted manestar as head coach is because he wouldve had you as his assisstant caoch. I like coach manaster...he wouldve done good as coach but its already said and done. And the players dont have to suffer..we dont care who is coach...we obviously put up with surgenors crap. All of the manestar supporters are ccrying like theyre on their period because they didnt get their way. I dont know why all of the parents are complaining this much...your not playing football...us students are. Who cares whos coach were all going to go out there and play to the best of our ability and kick ass and win state. As far as im concerned...have the coach work with us right now! Give the guy a chance and not give him shit based on what you heard.
Anthony Harper March 01, 2011 at 05:26 PM
Eagle Nation- Out of respect for the new coach, former coach, assistant coaches, and the players I am pleading with everyone to stop replying to each other. I love Brentwood Football, the players, and the families of Eagle Nation-please don't let this tear US apart.   Please keep in mind, the issue was with the process - not the person. I am dedicated to Woodshed Football because as a young troubled kid, Brentwood Football and the coaches filled a void and helped save my life. For that I  am forever indebted to this community. Dan you are a VERY Dedicated Brentwood Alumni- you volunteer more time to the school than anyone I know (announcing, field work, training kids, transporting kids, weight room and much more) you do it because you love the kids and want them to succeed- thats the mark of a great great person and a real alumni! Players play your hardest, fans cheer your loudest. The other stuff will take care of itself. Whodat talking about beatin' those Eagles! Go Eagles! Sent from Anthony's iPhone RIP L.L. #56
Amber Williams March 02, 2011 at 09:34 PM
First off, I wanted to say Good luck to coach Herring. And second, I wanted to say that coach Manestar basically hung from his toes trying to help the team this year, and I also wish that he would have got the job as Head football coach too. He's a huge inspiration to me as a coach because all throughout the summer and football season he was at the track talking about the football program, calling people up there to work on their stances and plays, and him and my dad were always working kids out, by using the ladder, parachute, weight room, and running to get in shape, or coach Manestar was at my house watching the game tapes over and over to see whats wrong and whats right. But i also wanted to add that this could be a HUGE change in our football program with new plays and different techniques that our team all has to learn in a quick amount of time. I know from playing myself, going from junior (middle school) football to Highschool football was pretty hard for me to adjust to. And about the weight room, I know a lot of the players were complaining that it was never open or whatever, but it was, most of the guys were either too lazy to show up and werent ready for the season when it came or at work. But all I can really say now is that I will be supporting the team throughout the year, and hopefull theres a streak that turns out to be pretty good. Go brentwood! lets try your hardest this season and don't give up. I wanna see us make it to the dome again !! THANKSSS!
Nancy Deering March 04, 2011 at 07:40 PM
You are wise beyond your years Addison.
Nancy Deering March 04, 2011 at 07:48 PM
Cheers to you Jeff!!!! Go EAGLES!!!
Alex Winkleman March 11, 2011 at 11:29 PM
I would just like to say that Coach Dan and Coach Manestar are the guys who volunteer their time and do behind-the-scenes stuff that most people take for granted: selling ads, painting the field, opening the weight room. This is first a testament to their character and second it shows that they honestly care about the program and the direction it's going. Why is everybody so quick to dismiss this? Is character not important? Also, Herring: why is everybody so eager to defend the guy? I realize he hasn't been proven guilty yet, but there is enough evidence and unanswered questions that we cannot simply dismiss. We have to investigate these things. I guess the lesson we can learn from this is that character does not matter. Williams and Manestar are invested in the program and often volunteer their time to help. They get dismissed without being fairly listened to. The guy who gets hired, however, has a bunch of questions in his recent past that everyone is trying to cover up. I guess you have to be selfish. I know from experience that if you do something nice a lot of people here, they won't say "thank you." They will call you their bitch. This is what is happening right now. Shame on you, Jake.
BHS student March 14, 2011 at 04:19 PM
ok alex. you've been in brentwood for 3 years now. Of course Manestar and Williams will make a great impression. They do care so much for the program and want the best. However what i have failed to see in the past years is the proactive actions to make the program better. Opening up the weightroom is just the begining. Try actually getting people in there that don't just sit around and talk but actually work hard. I also don't see how an immature being such like Williams himself can care so much for the program when he sends foolish messages around the community regarding false claims in order to try and make the administration look bad. Going with a coach that was not in brentwood was the right decision.
Amber Williams March 14, 2011 at 08:54 PM
Look, my dad has hernia problems that put him in the hospital about every two weeks, he has back problems that he's had to get surgery on that hurt him everyday, and he has asthma. But yet he puts in VOLUNTEER work at Brentwood high school every sports season, to announcing, score board, painting the football field, helping with the equipment, taping kids ankles, video taping our games and scouting other peoples games, hes at every game and yet he doesn't live up to everyones standards. He has to put up with ignorant kids telling him he's not a "real coach" and doesn't get paid for what he does. BUT HE DOES IT ANYWAY!! He helps US out . and US is everyone. And all he gets out of it is this?? He doesn't want to be an "official coach" anyway, he likes what he does with volunteering. Why can't you all just give the man a break? cause honestly who would announce your games? Heinrich? Right. Also him being "foolish".. thats how he is, he has A SENSE OF FREAKING HUMOR !!!! but ya know.. at least he doesn't HIDE behind a username. And him writing all this on the internet and texts and every word that comes out of his mouth is how he feels, freedom of speech kid, thats how it works. Just like your speaking your mind, thats what he's doing. So until you grow some balls and use your REAL name quit commenting saying bull crap about a person you barely even know. THANK YOU !! <3 love Amber Marie Williams :)
BHS student March 15, 2011 at 03:39 AM
I never said he didn't care about the program alot. He would do almost anything. And this case opening your mind to the world and not keeping the windows closed and staying inside brentwood is and was the right thing to do with the job opening. Just because you have the right to do something doesnt mean it is always right. Sending completely rude humored messages around the community about the new coach was clearly not the right thing to do. Theres no defending it.
Alex Winkleman March 15, 2011 at 10:59 PM
"completely rude" is calling someone an "immature being" and saying he couldn't care that much about the program when that person has helped you in a thousand ways. Also, i would like to second what Amber said: at least when he has something to say, he uses his own name. If what you're saying is so stupid that you don't think it's worth backing it up with your name, you should not say it.
Dan Schuh March 16, 2011 at 05:38 PM
As a graduate of Brentwood and now as an educator and coach myself I have only seen parents placed on hiring committees in Brentwood. This case is the very reason why parents and students should not be involved in the hiring process. They get too emotional when their choice isn't made. There are too many factors to consider when hiring someone in a school that parents and students do not know or cannot know due confidentiality and knowledge of hiring requirements set by the state. It is unfortunate that this is becoming an issue because the kids will now have a reason to resent the coach knowing that their parents are not happy with who was hired. The administration is responsible for making staffing decisions based on the needs of the school with the approval of the School Board. If you don't like it you should run for School Board so that you can make that decision. I played Jr. Football for Manestar and think he is a great person to have involved in the community, but what is wrong with accepting a new person into the community. Who cares that his record wasn't stellar, he played in the Suburban North which is probably the top Football conference in the area. Give the guy a chance. Brentwood Football needs some stability, there has been too much turnover in the Head Coaching spot over the last ten years. Good Luck in the upcoming season.
BHS student March 21, 2011 at 02:11 AM
right on dan.
james mansker April 14, 2011 at 04:07 AM
It's great that brentwood is getting a fresh start. Someone who doesnt know the kids yet and can reevaluate the team. we can move away from straight up the gut and help the kids who do go on to higher levels be more prepared for whats ahead of them. i wish coach herring the best and look forward to a successfull 2011 season.
james mansker April 14, 2011 at 04:08 AM
and i totally agree with you Mr. Schuh, even if you now don the wrong purple and gold lol

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