Trent Herman was named the fifth head coach of the HBU volleyball program on May 7, 2012. He enters the 2019 season with a 122-104 record at the helm of the Huskies and a 165-137 overall career record.
Last season, HBU posted its second 20-win season under Herman, going 21-10 and making its best showing in the Southland Conference by tying for third with an 11-5 mark. The Huskies kept their streak of Southland Conference Tournament appearances in tact at five in five seasons of Southland play, advancing to the semifinals. Senior outside hitters Jessica Wooten and Bailey Banks, who became the third and fourth members of HBU’s 1,000-kill, 1,000 dig club, respectively, earned All-Southland First Team honors and Academic All-Southland First Team honors. Senior middle blocker Blair Gillard earned second team all-conference honors and finished as the Southland’s all-time leader in block assists.
Herman guided the Huskies to an 18-15 record in 2016 and advanced to the Southland Conference Tournament by tying for fifth. The Huskies claimed tournament titles when they hosted the Barcelona Labor Day Classic, then went across town and won the Flo Hyman Collegiate Classic at the University of Houston. Banks and Kayla Armer were first-team all-conference selections, Gillard broke the SLC rally-scoring record for total blocks and was a second-team pick, while Ashlee Vann earned honorable mention. Banks, Armer and Gillard were each named to the academic all-conference team as well.
HBU went 17-17 overall and 7-9 to finish sixth in the Southland for the third-straight time in 2015, but the Huskies got hot in the postseason and reached the championship match of the Southland Conference Tournament. The Huskies opened the season by winning their host tournament, the Marriott Houston Westchase Invitational. Herman picked up the 100th victory of his career in a 3-1 win over McNeese State at the Jaguar Invitational on Sept. 12, 2015. At the end of the season, HBU’s Allison Doerpinghaus and Jessica Wooten were named second team All-SLC, while Armer and Banks garnered honorable mention. Banks was also named SLC Newcomer of the Year, the second-consecutive newcomer honor for HBU in as many seasons. Wooten and Gillard were named to the SLC All-Tournament team.
Academically, Armer and Doerpinghaus were named Academic All-SLC first team, while Doerpinghaus was named a CoSIDA Academic All-District 7 First-Team and CoSIDA Academic All-America Third-Team selection, to pick up the first female academic all-America honor for the HBU athletic department since making the transition to NCAA Division I play in 2007.
In 2014, HBU posted a 15-17 overall record and 9-7 mark in Southland Conference play. Herman led HBU to a sixth-place regular-season finish and a berth in the SLC Tournament, as Wooten was named first-team all-conference and Doerpinghaus was tabbed the SLC Newcomer of the Year. Armer earned honorable mention.
In 2013, Herman led the Huskies into their first season as a member of the Southland, going 14-17 overall and 9-9 in league play. HBU earned the sixth seed in the conference tournament and upset third-seeded Oral Roberts, before falling in the semifinals. Senior middle blockers Caiti Wenger and Madeline Gaffney each earned all-conference recognition, with Wenger making the first team and Gaffney claiming honorable mention.
Herman set the bar high in his first season with the Huskies in 2012, leading them to a 20-11 record and a share of the Great West Conference regular-season title. He was named GWC Co-Coach of the Year, landing four players on the all-conference teams, including three first-team selections, and GWC Player and Setter of the Year in Victoria Weatherly.
Herman also served as the head beach volleyball coach at HBU during the program’s first three seasons, helping the Huskies to a 7-11 record in their 2016 inaugural campaign, a 12-14 mark in their second year and 17-15, including the Southland Showcase title, in 2017. The Huskies’ number one pair of Aeriel Horton and Jessica Wooten and the number two combo of Kayla Armer and Tori Hinojosa each qualified for the USA Volleyball Beach Championships, with Horton and Wooten advancing to bracket play. Herman is now serving as the assistant beach volleyball coach.
Prior to HBU, Herman spent two years as head coach at the University of St. Thomas in Houston. In 2011, the Lady Celts posted a 19-17 overall record and finished fourth in their first season of Red River Athletic Conference competition. During his first season, UST set the school record with 24 wins and captured its third-straight Association of Independent Institutions Conference Championship. At the conclusion of the regular season, Herman was named coach of the year, four players were named to the all-conference team, including player of the year Casey Mulryan, who was also an all-region selection and honorable mention all-American.
Prior to UST, Herman spent three years as the technical director and coach at Absolute Volleyball Academy in League City, Texas, where his 18’s team won the Club National Championship in 2009, his 17’s team finished ninth in the Open National Championship in 2010 and fifth at the Club National Championship in 2011.
Herman was an assistant coach at Rice University from 2005-09, helping the Owls to an NCAA Tournament berth during the 2008 season. During his time at Rice, he coached four honorable mention all-Americans, six all-Region, 10 all-conference and five academic all-district selections.
Before coming to the Houston area, Herman was an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Iowa State University from 2001-2005. The Cyclones’ 2004 recruiting class ranked among the top 30 nationally and the 2003 squad posted the program’s best finish in eight years. While at ISU, the team had 21 academic all-Big 12 and one academic all-America selection.
Herman, who earned his bachelor’s degree at Fort Hays State in 1999, began his collegiate coaching career as a graduate assistant at Southwest State University in Marshall, Minnesota, where he was also the junior varsity head coach. The team posted two 20-win seasons and finished among the top three in the conference, with six all-conference performers. While at Southwest State, he also coach at Southwest Minnesota Juniors Volleyball Club.
Herman and his wife, Lee-Anne, reside in Kingwood and have a son, Treydon.
Other coaches at camp will include former and current members of the HBU Volleyball Team and college coaches from around the area.