2. What changes have occurred to turn things in the direction they are now going? "I think the most important change was in the weight room. We now have most of our players in the same class and we are on block scheduling, so we get almost two hours with them every morning. Of course, I was able to bring in some really good assistants, and that has helped speed up the process. Just getting everyone pulling in the same direction for the most part."
3. T.L. Hanna is your eighth head-coaching opportunity. For coaches newly hired as head coach at a school, what advice would you give them in terms of what their immediate priorities should be? "I remember when I first took the Oconee County job [in 1997], I spent the first two weeks working on new stationary and helmet decals. Then I watched one of their films from the year before and realized I had made a terrible mistake. It may sound elementary, but the first priority, in my opinion, has to be winning the players over, convincing them that you have a plan you believe in and that as long as they are willing to follow that plan then anything is possible. Then you have to find the right coaches. Some may already be there, and some you may need to hire, but they are critical to your success. In football, you cannot win without a strong staff." [Several members Herron's coach staff have strong Georgia ties. Offensive coordinator Jason Tone coached with Herron at Camden County and is a former Worth County head coach. Defensive coordinator Kevin Patterson played for Herron at Camden, then at Wake Forest, and was coaching at Tucker. Garrett Hochstetler and Austin Wilder were on Herron's staff at Prince Avenue Christian. Marvell McKelphin is a former head coach at Banneker. Drake McCauley played at Franklin County and was on Tone's staff at Worth. Eric Bona played at Franklin County and was an assistant at several Georgia schools. Zach Gordon played at Carrollton and Wake Forest and is a first-year coach.]