Herron gets milestone 400th win in romp of Fort Hays State

Washburn head Volleyball coach got his 400th career win as his 14-1 Lady Blues team defeated FHSU last Friday. In 11 seasons at WU Herron has racked up 325 wins and only 56 losses

Luke Warnken

In a world where statistics mean everything, the only true number that counts in sports is the one in the win or loss column. Moral victories are great , but actual victories speak much louder. Respect isn’t earned by punching in numbers and trying to find the “right” formula, even if Moneyball says otherwise. Winning defines a career.

For Washburn head volleyball coach Chris Herron, winning is something he and his team have become accustomed to. The former Benedictine College coach earned his 400th career victory last Friday after the Lady Blues defeated Fort Hays State University 3-0. For Herron it was just another game. He didn’t even realize he was close to reaching another coaching milestone.

“I would not have known had my mother not accidentally e-mailed me and said congratulations on win 400,” said Herron.

It was a nice gesture by Herron’s mother. The only problem; it was only win number 399.

“Then she sent a text, and I didn’t get it immediately,” said Herron. “I had already read the email.”

Herron’s didn’t realize that Washburn’s win over Northwest Missouri State University was only win number 399. But it didn’t upset Herron very much.

“I had no clue what she was talking about,” said Herron.

Win 400 was the least of Herron’s worries as the Lady Blues geared up for a shot at No. 1 ranked Univeristy of Nebraska-Kearney. The win over the Tigers the night before the UNK game gave Herron a record of 400-85. Herron’s stunning .825 winning percentage is one of the top in NCAA history among Division II coaches. Herron, an intense coach on the court, was modest about his achievement.

“It means I’m old and I’ve coached a long time.”

Herron has had a prolific coaching career at WU. In 11 season at Washburn Herron has accumulated 325 wins and only lost 56 times. The Lady Blues have made it to the NCAA tournament nine out of the past 10 seasons. Washburn has had at least one All-American in nine of the 10 years and have won the MIAA four times during Herron’s regime. After a 32-3 record last year, Herron and the Lady Blues have all eyes on a national title.

“This senior class, I just think so highly of them as people, as players,” said Herron. “They’ve had to put up with me. They have my dying respect.”

The outcome of last Saturday’s match may not have been in Washburn’s favor, but the no ranked No. 4 Lady Blues are looking to add on to Herron’s already outstanding career. A national championship would be a nice addition.