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The coach better known as CH – a nickname he received from a friend of Todd Smith at Rice basketball camp in the 90s – still walks to the gym at Second Baptist School every morning wearing a navy shirt with the Eagle logo and teaches the game. .

But to understand CH, you have to go back to where it all started.


After graduating from Washington and Lee University, where CH played for Verne Canfield, he worked at a summer basketball camp for his former coach. Here was born his love of coaching.

“From day one, I remember when I said, this is what I wanted,” Herndon said. “I love teaching. I love coaching. ”

Over the years, CH promoted high school coach, NCAA Division III (Washington and Lee) and Division II basketball (North Dakota State) before getting a job on the Willis Wilson staff at Rice University in the late 90s. After his time there, he opened his own gym called “CH Basketball” and did this for 13 years before returning to coaching school.

But it’s not men’s basketball, which he’s done his entire career. However, for the first time in her life she will be the women’s basketball coach at Second Baptist School.

“I came here and immediately fell in love with a young female coach,” Herndon said of the move four years ago.


Since CH entered Second Baptist School four years ago, all he has done is win. But it has taken the right ingredients.

“Coaching and teaching basketball successfully takes both sides of the coin,” Herndon said. “It takes coaches and players. Can they be taught? Can they play by instinct? It’s a neat mix of coaching and receiving coaching. I’ve been blessed to be the best teacher in the game.

While CH was in Austria running a defensive clinic, Austrian national team coach Friedrich Walz told him he was a good coach, you can’t be another coach. You really are a cake and the thing you learn from that coach is raisins.

“Eventually I had a cake that had a variety of raisins,” Herndon said. “I apply the things I’ve learned from him, but it fits what I want. It’s a unique cake that I’ve developed. It’s his own.”

The players at Second Baptist School were the recipients of the teaching.

“The way I think of the coach is the way I want the girls to remember me,” Herndon said. When they become mothers at some point, I hope they just remember something they learned from me and apply it to their lives. It will be the greatest fruit of all.

A mix of basketball knowledge and life with themes like FLI (Fun, Learn, Improve) and Three L’s (Laugh a Lot, Love each Other, Lifelong Memories), she has been able to win and win many at Second Baptist School.

He has won the District Championship for four consecutive seasons. In his first year, he entered the Final Four of TAPPS. Every season since then, including the 2022 campaign, Second Baptist School has finished as the TAPPS 5A State Runner-Ups.

Success isn’t easy, but it all starts with trust and confidence, which is owned by the team and not statistics that a coach can work on.

“I think it’s good for teams, whether at the college or high school level, to have confident expectations of themselves,” Herndon said. “Where they truly believe is where they are. When the girls walk in and look [the plaques]they see themselves as champions.

“This is the first step to winning a championship. You expect that you belong. It relieves your pressure.”

With a trio of State Runner-Up placards affixed to the wall, one would think the next obvious step was winning it all. Of course, this is what CH wanted, but in the end – it was more than just winning a basketball game for him.

“One of the themes we do every week at Second Baptist School is that we’re just trying to win every day,” Herndon said. “We are trying to win to be young women who are growing, academically, spiritually and socially. The goal is to achieve excellence in the area and not just basketball.


When CH went down memory lane on an afternoon in March, he would get up from his chair to share photos on the wall and tell his players stories from time to time.

The corner office on the walls of the gymnasium is filled with photos, placards and stacks of written basketball training manuals.

“[People] came in and the first thing I thought about was that I should have fun with the kids, “Herndon said.” I certainly do. It’s all about the relationship for me. ”

Starting in one corner of the office wall were many game action photos from Rice basketball as well as the Chinese Junior National Team. In the center of the photos is a canvas print of two pre-k children at Second Baptist School smiling in their ears.

“I can fill all the college players, but I’ll never forget it started there,” Herndon said pointing to the photo. “These are the kids watching him play.”

Unlike her previous high school coaching job, where she taught Spanish and Geology classes, at Second Baptist School CH was able to interact with young children every day in PE classes. Walking up and down the court with them they were cheering.

“I know I have a ton of gray hair, but they think I’m just one of the kids to play with out there,” Herndon said.

When you look at CH’s office it goes from college players to pre -k kids to senior graduates of Second Baptist School – the wall of fame – it’s all enshrined into memory.

“I’m going to blink one day and this is all going to be over, I’m not going to be coaching anymore,” Herndon said. “But what he will do is in his memories and the memories of his family.”


When CH moves into the offseason and turns 60 this year, the football coach doesn’t have the last set number to do this.

But if you watch him practice the game, jump and jump near the bench and coach the team with all his heart – he doesn’t look slow.

“I feel like I have the juice still in my legs like I can get a little more,” Herndon said. “When I’m on the floor, my bike goes up. I have a lot of energy; I have the energy to watch the details, applaud them when it goes right and to correct them if it goes wrong. I have the energy to coach at the highest level. .

“When we got off the floor and entered the office, my rhythm went down. I was so soft and soft -spoken.”

At the end of the workout is a slower rhythm coming out. He would gather a team to talk about his day’s work and finally ask, “Why is this the most important event on the planet?”

The response every time – “Because it involves us.”

“While these 5A girls are private school basketball and for a lot of them they can say this doesn’t rank as high as Division I boys’ basketball, I said yes to it because it involves a sweet princess, ”Herndon said. “This is an honor and a precious gift that can affect life in this age.”

As it turns into the twilight of his career, CH admits that he doesn’t take anything without appreciating it more and celebrates every achievement, even the smallest. And he’s not afraid to tell players every day that he loves them.

“He learned early on that I love him so much,” he said. “I have to define that word of love. Loving me is very concerned about his well -being. She feels free to say that she loves me as much as I say that I love her. We were in love, so she would let me push her.

And that loving culture is one that is developed on the walls of Second Baptist School every day by teachers, coaches and staff and passed on to the children. In a caring community that is around Jesus Christ, coaches love because they are first loved by God. Through mentoring students, it is beyond character but to instilling a love for God and the biblical worldview.

“When you walk into our campus, you’re going to come to a place where people were gentle,” Herndon said. “We all love one another … It’s a special place.”