Marcus Herford Enjoys Teaching Soccer Abroad
Marcus Herford performed a key function in constructing the muse for the success of the Cedar Hill Excessive College Soccer Program.
Now, he’s main athletes within the capital metropolis (Berlin) of one in all soccer’s rising markets (Germany).
“The rationale I coach is to present again to those younger males and assist them,” mentioned Herford, a Cedar Hill Excessive College Class of 2004 Graduate. “You get to see the world when you’re what you like.”
Herford is the Offensive Coordinator of the Berlin Thunder of the European League of Soccer (ELF). They’re scheduled to open the season this Sunday towards the Leipzig Kings at Stadion Lichterfelde in Berlin.
Soccer has change into so fashionable in Germany that the NFL is contemplating scheduling just a few regular season video games there.
Recognition is Rising
ELF has eight groups this season – six in Germany, one in Barcelona, Spain and one in Wroclaw, Poland. Herford mentioned the league is anticipated to finally develop to greater than 20 groups.
Herford performed professionally as a large receiver in France and Turkey, and that sparked his curiosity in teaching abroad soccer.
He beforehand coached with groups in Kiel, Germany and Milano, Italy.
In an effort to develop the sport in Europe, the groups can solely have as many as 4 People on every roster at any time, and solely two People on the sector at anybody time.
“Quite a lot of these guys simply began taking part in once they had been 16 or 17 years outdated,” Herford mentioned. “They’ve day jobs and households, but they’re nonetheless out right here giving their all taking part in the sport of soccer.”
Herford, 36, started taking part in soccer at a younger age. He grew up in DeSoto, till his household moved to Cedar Hill when he was a highschool freshman in 2000.
Herford didn’t comprehend it on the time, however he was a part of the muse of the Longhorns’ launch as one of many nice packages in Texas.
After the 2002 season, Herford and his teammates began a petition for then-Cedar Hill assistant coach Joey McGuire to be employed to fill the vacant head coach’s place.
It labored, and Herford was the primary beginning quarterback when the McGuire Period started in 2003. He was the primary McGuire Period participant to be provided a soccer scholarship.
The Longhorns went 6-4 in 2003 and missed the playoffs, however McGuire went on to guide this system to a few UIL State Championships earlier than accepting a training place with Baylor College Soccer – the place he’s presently the Affiliate Head Coach.
“I’m very pleased with Marcus,” McGuire mentioned. “He actually helped change the tradition at Cedar Hill.”
Throughout his senior 12 months, Herford made the transition from quarterback to extensive receiver.
“Coach McGuire is without doubt one of the biggest males I’ve met in my life,” Herford mentioned. “He actually set the tone for my life with the various things he instilled as a coach like vitality, pleasure, and motivation.”
Herford’s first scholarship supply was from the College of Kansas, one other soccer program that didn’t have a lot in the way in which of success traditionally. Herford dedicated early to the Jayhawks, who had been in a position to maintain a late final minute recruiting push by College of Utah, then coached by City Meyer.
Soccer at Kansas
At Kansas, Herford was a four-year letterman and a member of the winningest class in Kansas Soccer Historical past. As a junior, Herford was 2007 Large 12 Convention Particular Groups Participant of the 12 months when the Jayhawks completed 12-1 and defeated Virginia Tech within the Orange Bowl.
He performed alongside fellow Texan, quarterback Todd Reesing of Austin, whom he mentioned performed like “Johnny Manziel earlier than Manziel” got here alongside. Certainly one of Herford’s fellow KU receivers that season was fellow Cedar Hill Graduate Dezmon Briscoe.
Herford earned a level from KU in African American Research. He set his sights on an expert soccer profession, attending a mini-camp with the Dallas Cowboys.
He adopted that up by taking part in with the Inexperienced Bay Blizzard enviornment football team and for just a few groups abroad.
Teaching on the Collegiate Degree
Herford credit a dialog with former KU teammate Kevin Kane – who’s now the Affiliate Head Coach on the College of Illinois – with encouraging him to get into teaching on the school stage.
In his first season as a coach, Herford was a part of an NCAA Division II Nationwide Championship at Valdosta State College in Georgia. He additionally coached school soccer at Kentucky Wesleyan, Oklahoma Baptist and Oklahoma Panhandle State.
His dream can be to educate on the College of Kansas sooner or later throughout his profession. The Jayhawks lately employed head coach Lance Leipold. They’re hoping to return this system to the heights it achieved between 2004-2008.