Herrion Named Associate Head Coach

PITTSBURGH—University of Pittsburgh head men's basketball coach Jamie Dixon announced the promotion of Tom Herrion to Associate Head Men's Basketball Coach on Tuesday. Herrion joined the Pitt men's basketball staff as an assistant coach on May 7, 2007.

In his first year, Tom Herrion helped guide Pittsburgh to a 27-10 overall record, 2008 Big East Championship title and seventh consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance in 2007-08.

"Over the past year, Tom has proved to be an outstanding and valuable addition to our staff," Dixon said. "Tom is a well rounded coach and has helped us in recruiting, scouting and player development. We are extremely fortunate to have a coach with his background. He also has the experience of coaching in several different environments and is familiar with the Big East region."

Prior to joining the Pitt staff, Herrion previously served as head coach at the College of Charleston. At Charleston, Herrion compiled an 80-38 four-year record, earned a national top-25 ranking, guided his team to the 2003 National Invitation Tournament and achieved the best winning percentage in the Southern Conference during that period. Herrion's widespread collegiate coaching experience includes assistant stints at the University of Virginia (1999-2002), Providence College (1994-98) and NCAA Division II Merrimack College (1989-94). He spent eight seasons under Pete Gillen at both Virginia and Providence.

Herrion hails from a coaching family. His father, the late Jim Herrion, was a successful high school coach in the New York City Catholic League before becoming an assistant coach at Holy Cross and later the head coach at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. His older brother Bill is currently the head basketball coach at the University of New Hampshire (2005-present). Bill has also served head coaching stints at both East Carolina (1999-2005) and Drexel (1991-99).

Herrion resides in Pittsburgh with his wife Leslie and son Robert James.

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