Greg Herd constantly stresses to high school football players he coaches to never lose sight of their long-term goals.
From the day he picked up a football, starring at quarterback for Steilacoom High School (2009 graduate), changing positions at Eastern Washington (2012) and becoming an assistant at three different stops – Herd has always wanted to lead his own program.
Last season, Herd served as the play-caller for a Steilacoom offense that averaged 423.0 yards and 43.4 points per game behind first-year starting quarterback Chase McDonald and one of the nation’s top recruits for 2021 – wide receiver Emeka Egbuka.
The Sentinels advanced to their first Class 2A title game, losing to Tumwater.
A few months after the season ended, Herd applied for a head-coaching position in the area, and was not hired.
So instead of taking a hard look at the Auburn Riverside vacancy, he figured a third season for a 2A contender under coach Colby Davies would be a smart move.
But then an aunt “who knows me like the back of her hand” intervened.
“She said I was too addicted to consistency and didn’t allow myself to take chances,” Herd said.
“After that, I was upset. Then I did some self-reflecting, and knew I had to take … a leap of faith. So I applied.”
That leap of faith paid off – he has his own team now in the 4A NPSL.