With more than 44 years of prep and collegiate experience, Greg Herrick begins his 28th season as head coach at College of the Canyons. He is considered one of the most innovative and respected coaches in the United States and is recognized by many as one of the leading authorities on fast-break basketball. In 2014, Herrick won his 500th game as head coach at COC. His overall record at the college entering the 2018-19 season is 589-277 (.680).
In 1997, the Cougars were state finalists, posting a school record 33 wins (33-5) and setting the all-time California Community College single-season scoring record when the team averaged 95.7 points per game.
Herrick has been named conference or league Coach of the Year 15 times and has led his teams to playoff appearances in 34 of 38 seasons. The Cougars have also won 16 conference titles along the way.
Herrick has been named Western State Conference Coach of the Year nine times and was honored by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association as a finalist for its CONVERSE National Junior College Coach of the Year in both 1995 and 1997.
Herrick is a 1971 graduate of Oakland's Bishop O'Dowd High School where he was selected Athlete of the Year as a senior and is a member of the school's Athletic Hall of Fame. In the spring of 2010, he was also inducted into the Reseda-Cleveland High School Basketball Hall of Fame.
Herrick received his bachelor's degree in history from Loyola Marymount University in 1975 and a master's degree in educational administration from California State University, Northridge in 1989.
Herrick retired from teaching in 2013. He taught United States History and Contemporary American Problems at Academy of the Canyons on the COC Valencia campus. His teaching efforts were recognized in 2008 when he was named Teacher of the Year and again in 2010, when the Los Angeles Lakers named him the December Educator of the Month in a ceremony at the STAPLES Center.
|Coach Herrick by the Numbers|
|589||Victories as head coach at College of the Canyons|
|27||Seasons as a head coach at College of the Canyons|
|16||Conference championships with College of the Canyons|
Women’s basketball players who have transferred to four-year schools to play basketball in the past 20 years
|9||Conference Coach of the Year Awards|
|1||All-State Players of the Year|
|26||All-State Player Honorees|
|10||Conference Players of the Year|
Post-Season Apperances at College of the Canyons
—Bio current as of November 2019