Former South Pointe High School football coach Strait Herron has been named Legion Collegiate Academy’s first athletic director and head football coach, it was announced by school principal Dr. TK Kennedy during a press conference on Thursday.
“It is my vision to create the most efficient, well-managed and successful high school athletic program in South Carolina by placing the best coaches and athletic support staff around our program,” says Herron, who takes over the athletic leadership role at LCA following 32 years of coaching football.
“I believe athletics is a ministry to reach young people that can help them develop into quality individuals. Through self-discipline and leadership development it is my philosophy to encourage young athletes to become strong, independent and self-sufficient student/athletes that will help them at the college level and beyond,” he says.
As head coach at South Pointe, his teams captured five high school state football championships over the past seven years. Herron compiled a head coaching record of 102-13 and reached 100 victories faster than any football coach in South Carolina high school history. His South Pointe teams captured state titles in 2011, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017 and tied the South Carolina record for most consecutive state championships.
He also served as assistant coach and defensive coordinator of South Pointe’s 2008 state championship team that compiled a perfect record of 15-0. He spent a total of 13 years at South Pointe after serving three years as an assistant at Northwestern High School, nine years at Clover High School, and three years at Rock Hill High School. He began his coaching career as an assistant at A.C. Flora in 1986 and served on the Strom Thurmond High School coaching staff for three seasons before returning to Rock Hill in 1991.
With the amount of success he has enjoyed as a head coach, it is no surprise that Herron has received numerous honors and awards. Last Saturday he served as head coach of the East team in the annual All-American Bowl game which was played in the Alamo Dome in San Antonio, TX. His team defeated the West squad 48-14. He served as an assistant coach in the 2018 bowl game, and was selected National Coach of the Year.
He is a four-time South Carolina High School Coach of the Year (two times in Class AAAA, and two times in Class AAA). He was also a two-time Region AAAA Coach of the Year and two-time Region AAA Coach of the Year. In 2011, Herron was selected to the Upper State Palmetto All-Star Champions team, and in 2015 he was honored as the Carolina Panthers High School Coach of the Week.
What was it about Legion’s unique and successful educational model that attracted Herron to pursue this opportunity? He says the movement of high school athletics is ever-changing. “Legion Collegiate Academy gives our community a chance to do what so many in our community have suggested time and again, which is to consolidate the athletic talent to create the most competitive school in the state and eventually be able to compete on a national stage all the while preparing students for a successful college career. The idea of building a program that will focus on academics and athletics is very interesting to me.”
The Rock Hill native graduated from Northwestern High School before earning his bachelor’s degree from Coastal Carolina in 1986. He earned his master’s degree from Winthrop. Herron is married to the former Brigitte Reynolds and the couple are parents of a daughter, Sydney, and a son, Dalton.
Legion Collegiate Academy (LCA) is a dual enrollment public charter high school that will offer students an opportunity to earn up to 60 hours of college credit. Legion will be the third charter high school under the management of Pinnacle Charter Academies to open in South Carolina. The other two are Gray Collegiate Academy in West Columbia and Oceanside Collegiate Academy in Mt. Pleasant. An announcement about the temporary site and permanent site is expected to be announced in the coming weeks.