Roger Heirigs honored by coaches association Roger Heirigs, an important element of the successful Vermillion High School football programs for the past 22 years, has been named South Dakota Assistant Coach of the Year by the South Dakota High School Coaches Association.
Heirigs, a veteran of 31 years in coaching, has been on the Vermillion staff for 22 years after serving Rockwell City, IA, as the football coach for 11 years. Six of the Vermillion Tanager teams he has served have reached the finals in Class 11A of the South Dakota football playoffs. Five of them emerged champions.
Heirigs graduated from Irene High School, where he was an all-stater on the undefeated Cardinals team in 1963. He attended Yankton College, where he was an all-Tri-State Conference and an All-District (NAIA) running back. He is a member of the Yankton College Greyhound Hall-of-Fame.
Already recognized twice by the SDHS Football Coaches Association as the Assistant Football Coach of the Year, this is Heirigs' first acknowledgment by the SDHSCA, which includes all sports.
"Roger is an outstanding football coach," said Vermillion head coach Gary Culver. "He is extremely knowledgeable of the game and is a loyal, dedicated professional. Roger has tremendous rapport with both players and coaches and is highly deserving of this fine honor."