"Reggie is a tough, intense coach," said Amato. "He played that way and he coaches that way - in fact, whenever somebody talks about him, the word 'intensity' is always used. He's great with his players and is an outstanding leader with a proven track record at the college and professional levels. I'm very excited that he will be joining our staff."
During his coaching tenure, Herring has coached the leading tackler in the NFL (Jam Sharper of Houston in 2003) and in NCAA Division I (Keith Adams of Clemson in 2000). He has spent two seasons in the NFL and seven as a defensive coordinator at a Division I program.
Herring joined the Texans' staff in 2002, the team's first season, after spending eight years at Clemson. He was the defensive coordinator for the Tigers from 1997-2001, and coached the linebackers all eight years (1994-2001).
Prior to his eight-year stint at Clemson, Herring served as defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at Texas Christian University for two seasons (1992-93). From 1986-91, he coached linebackers at Auburn, helping lead the Tigers to three SEC Championships. He held that same position at Oklahoma State from 1982-85 and began his career in 1981 as a defensive graduate assistant in Stillwater.
Herring started at linebacker for three years at Florida State, graduating in 1981 with a degree in criminology. He led the Seminoles in tackles all three of those seasons and played in three bowl games with three squads that earned top-15 final rankings. He was named a second-team AP All-American and was a team captain in 1981 and was inducted into the FSU Hall of Fame in 1989.
Overall, the Florida native has been a part of 19 bowl teams, three as a player and 16 as a coach.
Herring is married to the former Lisa Ward of Griffin, Ga. They have a daughter, Caroline (17) and a son, Adam (14).