Tom Herman Gunning for Father, Offensive Coordinator of the Year

By Kyle Rowland on November 5, 2013 at 9:15a
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Tom Herman: Father of three kids and 48 points per game.

Tom Herman woke up this morning and traveled to the Woody Hayes Athletic Center, not The Ohio State University Medical Center, the presumed venue for Tuesday, Nov. 5. That was the day Maverick Joseph Herman was supposed to arrive. But for Herman and wife, Michelle, births don’t always go as planned.

Maverick is child No. 3 for the Hermans and the second that has entered the world at an inopportune time for the football family. The middle child, a son named Maddock Thomas Danger – T.D. for short – came during the summer when Herman was coaching at Rice. Problem was fall camp had already commenced. An Aug. 8 due date would not suffice.

“That was right during two-a-days so we induced him on July 31,” Herman said.

Eldest child, daughter Priya, had no such interference. The 33 percent rate is not an ideal number for an offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. The Hermans even had a play call drawn up for Maverick. With Ohio State’s bye week looming, the game plan was for Maverick to be induced today, clearing a path for Herman to be in the press box for the Purdue and Illinois games. Even the doctors’ own scouting reports called for a Nov. 5 kickoff.

“I wasn’t aiming period,” said Herman, drawing hearty laughs from reporters. “It was not an oops. It was not an accident. We were trying to have another one, but we didn’t realize it would happen so quickly after we had made the decision to try. Obviously that put the due date at a really inopportune time.

“All of a sudden Wednesday night he decided he was not waiting, he wanted to come out and watch the game.”

What Maverick saw was his daddy orchestrate another 600-yard offensive performance in the Buckeyes’ 56-0 rout at Purdue. And Herman did it all on little to no rest.

After pulling an all-nighter Wednesday, he was back at the WHAC Thursday, albeit briefly. Herman worked less than 10 minutes before players shooed him out the door to the hospital, where Maverick was born later that afternoon.

“I had to dock him a day’s pay,” head coach Urban Meyer joked. “I was actually going to put a form letter on his desk about him being docked, but I thought it would be in our best interests not to do that.”

Herman’s estimates put him at 12 hours of sleep from Wednesday until Saturday morning prior to Ohio State’s game in West Lafayette. Seven of those came on Friday night at the team hotel. Who says the early to bed, early to rise theory can’t be broken.

“Adrenalin works wonders,” Herman said.

Apparently.

All Herman’s offense did on Saturday was score 42 points in the first half for the second straight week and pile up 600-plus yards for the eighth time in two seasons. The Buckeyes did that three times in the decade Jim Tressel coached Ohio State. But it’s been that kind of year for Herman and the Buckeyes.

Both personally and professionally, all seems golden for Herman at the moment. The birth of a son and Ohio State’s chase for a national championship represent from the best of both his lives. You don’t have to be a Mensa member to understand the significance. The same can be said about Herman’s influence for an offensive unit that’s risen from the depths of college football, where it resided just two seasons ago.

“We coach at the best place to coach at in the entire country. We live in a great city. We work for a guy who’s unbelievably understanding of families. It’s been great.”

There’s been no messing around, no early horseplay from the Buckeyes. They’re outscoring opponents 171-38 in the first quarter. The past four games have presented unique matchups in which Ohio State had to deal with challengers having an off week to prepare. It didn’t much matter considering the Buckeyes outscored Northwestern, Iowa, Penn State and Purdue 193-68. On the season, they’ve scored over 50 points in four games and are, of course, 21-0 in their past 21 games.

“The quarterback’s playing very poised,” Herman said. “That’s where the engine starts. I’m in a good place. My family’s extremely happy. We coach at the best place to coach at in the entire country. We live in a great city. We work for a guy who’s unbelievably understanding of families. It’s been great.”

Herman said he occasionally wakes up in the middle of the night to jot down notes or a play. Some might accuse him of scribbling down baby names in a haze. However, he assured that there’s a purpose in the distinctive words.

“The translation of [Maverick] is someone who doesn’t conform to society, someone who blazes their own trail,” Herman said. “I want to make sure my son has a nice strong name that means something – and one of the best characters in movies of all time.”

That’s a reference to the 1980’s classic, “Top Gun.”

“Iceman, Goose, Viper, Merlin, none of them really stuck,” Herman said. All resonate with generations of moviegoers.

“My older son’s middle name is Danger so he could grow up and tell people his middle name is Danger and when they call him out on it pull out his I.D. and actually confirm that,” Herman said. “We have fun with their names. There were a few I threw out there that she wasn’t thrilled about – Thor, Leonidas, Rocky.”

Said Meyer: “Maverick is a future Buckeye and he’s welcomed, a great part of our family now.”

Baby Maverick weighs eight pounds, five ounces. Virtually the same amount as the Waterford crystal football that accompanies the national championship trophy, another baby Herman covets.

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jedkat's picture

“The teams that don’t respect their coaches and don’t trust their coaches are the teams that go .500"
~Zach Boren

TheBadOwl's picture

Tom Herman is the man.

When I walked in this morning and saw the flag was at half mast I thought, "Alright, another bureaucrat ate it." but then I saw it was Li'l Sebastian. Half mast is too high. Show some damn respect.

burkmon's picture

Congrats to the Herman family!
Thanks for sharing the story, Kyle. 
 
 

 

Breakawayspeed's picture

For a member of MESA, he sure sounds grounded....and fun to be around.  Most of the "high IQ" types I have been around suck at people skills.

Boxley's picture

Did you intentionally misspell MENSA? LOL.

"...the man who really counts in the world is the doer, not the mere critic-the man who actually does the work, even if roughly and imperfectly, not the man who only talks or writes about how it ought to be done." President T. Roosevelt

ChazBuckeye's picture

I was wondering the whole time reading this article if he named his boy after Maverick from Top Gun.  Too funny with the finale of this article.  Good stuff.  Now I really want him to stay after this season.  What a cool dude and love the fact he's a family guy.  

Some people think we’re the hunted.I don’t feel that way at all.We’re the hunter.Everybody wants an angry football team.Everybody wants a team on edge and a hungry team.If you’re a hunter,that usually equates to being hungry.

Seattle Linga's picture

I am thinking we need to run a trick play against ttun called Maverick and then give the game ball to the "Little Guy"

Ramzy Nasrallah's picture

“I wasn’t aiming period,” said Herman

PHRASING

avail31678's picture

HA!  I thought the same thing.

TheBadOwl's picture

LANAAAAAAAAA

When I walked in this morning and saw the flag was at half mast I thought, "Alright, another bureaucrat ate it." but then I saw it was Li'l Sebastian. Half mast is too high. Show some damn respect.

Grayskullsession's picture

"if irony were made of strawberries, we' d all be drinking a lot of smoothies right now."

AhhYes's picture

So what do folks think is the likelihood that he stays after this year? He's been fantastic, but it'd obviously be hard to begrudge him taking a head job someplace.
If I were looking for a HC, he'd be on my list.

chitown buckeye's picture

I think he stays to work with Braxton one more year. However, you never know when your dream job opens up. You have to jump on it. I think he has the ability to go to a top level program so I think he waits until a great opportunity presents itself. I dont see him leaving just to be a head coach. I think he would look for the right situation. In the meantime, Meyer, pay this guy to keep him as long as possible!

"I'm having a heart attack!"

RedStorm45's picture

Some on the 11W staff have been saying Braxton is gone after this year.  Not sure what his ties are with J.T. Barrett, but he did recruit him, so...

chitown buckeye's picture

Yeah, I know its been talked about. I just dont see Braxton's draft stock being that high right now. However, you never know what a kid is thinking...

"I'm having a heart attack!"

dlb72osu's picture

CB - just what I was thinking. With the obvious skills and persona he possesses I think he waits for the right job, not just a HC to be one. He has been captivated by all of the right qualities.
As he best put it, "... I’m in a good place. My family’s extremely happy. We coach at the best place to coach at in the entire country. We live in a great city. We work for a guy who’s unbelievably understanding of families. It’s been great.”
There it is...happiness, family, job, city, associates. Don't we all wish that type of life befell us!

I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.
- Invictus

RedStorm45's picture

My favorite assistant coach.  This dude is awesome.

gobucks5413's picture

Hopefully this is a looonnnnngggg way down the road, but just thinking...maybe Herman gets a BCS level job, but probably not a top gig, and returns to Cbus in 10 or so years to take over for Urbz. Maybe Urban should offer Maverick a scholarship now...just to lock Herman up

causeicouldntgo43's picture

The Hermanator - more proof that UFM knows how to recruit.

boojtastic's picture

He forgot about Slider, Hollywood, and Sundown.

razrback16's picture

Yep congrats to Herman!

iamcbs's picture

My heartfelt congratulations go out to Coach Herman and his wife. Sending Positive Energy on the birth of Baby Maverick!! Buckeye c/o 2030!!

I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep, I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion~Alexander the Great

roamingbuckeye's picture

“My older son’s middle name is Danger so he could grow up and tell people his middle name is Danger and when they call him out on it pull out his I.D. and actually confirm that,”

...parenting award of the year right there

"I just cant wait to play football." -UFM

741's picture

It's as if Kenny Powers, Ricky Bobby, and Chuck Norris had a love child named Tom Herman - Mensa Member.

Seattle Linga's picture

Awesome story Awesome family - wishing you the best nights sleep for the next 2-3 years ahead.

MN Buckeye's picture

Herman was clear-headed enough to call a great game against Purdue. It looks like the entire staff pulls together to make sure the team performs. 
Congrats to Tom and family! I hope he can have some down time to be with the family during this busy season.