Farmington Hills football coach becomes winningest coach in Michigan prep history

John Herrington coaches football at Harrison High School

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. – Football coach John Herrington became the winningest coach in Michigan prep history Friday when Harrison High School defeated Berkley 39-0.

Herrington came to Harrison High School when it was first built back in 1970. He never expected to stick around so long, or accomplish so much.

“I didn’t start out trying to break records,” Herrington said. “I was just hoping I could keep on coaching for a while.”

In 48 seasons, Herrington has won 13 state titles. At one point, the Hawks won five straight championships. Herrington admits, he’s had some great players along the way.

“Like… John Miller and Drew Stanton and I could go on and on,” he said.

Times have changed, but Herrington hasn’t.

“Yes, I still have my flip phone,” he joked.

His coaching style hasn’t changed either.

“I don’t really look at it like I’m beating Al,” Herrington said. “We seem to have the same relationship with parents. We’ve been around 50 years. It really doesn’t matter if I’m ahead or if he’s ahead.”

For Herrington, it’s not about records or attention; it’s always been about the kids.

Harrison High School is closing after the 2018-2019 season and that’s when Herrington plans to retire. 

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