CHESTERTOWN — Michael Herman has been named an assistant coach for the men’s and women’s tennis programs at Washington College.
He was a four-year letter winner for state rival Goucher, and helped the Gophers win successive Landmark Conference titles in 2017, ‘18 and ‘19.
The 2020 season — which was Herman’s senior year —ended abruptly in early March after only four matches due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
When Herman graduated last year, he was seventh in program history in doubles wins (44) and 11th in singles wins (41).
Herman was the 2017 Landmark Conference Co-Rookie of the Year and earned all-conference honors in singles and doubles.
He was the 2020 recipient of the Goucher athletics department’s Neumann Award, presented annually since 1973 to the well-rounded student-athlete who, through his/her character, loyalty and dedication, has evolved into an effective leader, outstanding citizen and distinguished athlete.
Herman grew up in the Czech Republic and speaks four languages.
“Coaching against him the past three years, I have had the opportunity to watch Michael grow as a player and individual,” Washington head coach Oliver Reynolds said in the Feb. 2 news release that announced Herman’s hiring.
Reynolds said Herman always showed a high level of maturity on and off the court.
“I am excited to have him join us here at Washington College and he’ll bring so much to our program,” Reynolds said in the new release. “He comes from a family with a very extensive tennis background, which is going to help him develop players on the court. He is an extremely motivated individual as well, so I look forward to working with him on the recruiting side of things and see what he is able to accomplish.”
Herman had a marketing internship and was an instructor at the Junior Tennis Champions Center in College Park in the summer of 2019. He used recruiting software to research tennis prospects and designed and facilitated tennis lessons for students of all ages.