According to players inside the meeting Herring told them that he was leaving to take the Oxford job on Thursday.
The source said the players were sad to learn about Herring leaving only after one season.
The source also said Herring told Lincoln Principal Terry Roller ‘the only way I would leave Lincoln if he got a coaching offer from his home school.’ He said that it came up and he got the job.”
Herring played at Oxford for his father, Robert Herring, a two-time hall of famer who coached at Oxford for 14 seasons and guided the Yellow Jackets to three state championships (1988, 1989, 1993).
Herring is expected to be introduced as Oxford’s head coach officially on Monday during an Oxford City Board of Education meeting. The Oxford native replaces John Grass who left to be the offensive coordinator at Jacksonville State University.
For Lincoln, this is the third coach in as many years that has left after one season.This is their third coach since Keith Howard passed away during a football game in 2009.
In Herring’s only season at helm at Lincoln, the team went 6-6 and earned a trip to the second round of the AHSAA playoffs.
When Herring was contacted on Wednesday by The Daily Home, he said it was going to be a hard decision because he felt like Lincoln had a chance of being really be good next season, but he also acknowledged it would be hard to turn down going back home.
The Daily Home attempted to reach Lincoln Principal Terry Roller late Friday night, but he didn’t return the phone call.
Ryan Herring got his first head coaching job in 2006 at Shelby County, where he stayed six years reaching the playoffs three times. He is 46-31 all time as a head coach.