“(Chancellor) Marty Meehan and (athletic director) Dana Skinner have been very supportive of me over my five years here. I can not thank the both of them enough,” said Herenda, who has spent 14 years as a Div. 1 assistant at Holy Cross, Seton Hall and East Carolina University. “Without them, we wouldn’t have reached the high level of success we have enjoyed.”
He also admittedly had a tough discussion with his players, all of whom he personally recruited.
“That was a hard meeting to have,” said Herenda.
“It got a little emotional. These guys gave me everything they had. I can never thank them enough. No matter where I go, I will always consider them part of my family. Always.”
Herenda said one of the bittersweet pills coming from this is that he will no longer be down the street from his mentor and former coach at Merrimack, Bert Hammel.
“One thing I won’t miss is playing Merrimack six times a year,” joked Herenda, who coached under Hammel for four years in the late 1980s. “Honestly, I hated going up against Bert. He developed me as a player and as a young coach, and more importantly as a person. Wherever I have gone in this business we have remained the best of friends.”
Herenda had a press conference in Teaneck, N.J. today for the New York-New Jersey media. He will work out his players to get a feel for his current roster. And then he will hit recruiting trail.
“The Merrimack Valley will always hold a special place in my heart,” said Herenda. “This is my second home.”