In all areas of life, whether entertainment, education, politics, sports, or business, there are people who make a difference, they are called the pillars in these areas because of their immense contributions to the growth and development of these industries. To this end, Tom Herman can be counted among such pillars.
Herman has contributed a lot to American football, both as a player and as a coach, and his contributions and achievements are remarkable.
Tom Herman’s Biography
He was born on June 2, 1975, in Cincinnati as Thomas Joseph Herman III, but was eventually raised by his mother Rita Thiet in Simi Valley, California. According to Tom, his parents divorced when he was just one year old.
He received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from California Lutheran in 1997. He graduated cum laude and received a presidential scholarship. At California Lutheran, he was a wide receiver for the All-Southern California Athletic Conference.
Tom, who is currently the head coach at the University of Texas at Austin, was a former player, how did the transition happen? Read on to find out more.
Tom had always played American football, both as a high school student and during his time at California Lutheran University (1994-97). In fact, it is not wrong to say that Herman ended his career as a player after several injuries he sustained as a player on the field.
According to a report on ESPN.com, Herman had up to 13 knee operations, in which doctors eventually had to grow his cartilage in a laboratory to fully repair his joint. As a player, he also underwent four shoulder operations.
After he retired from the game, Tom Herman went to the coach, and his first job was with Texas Lutheran as a receivers coach. He worked as a graduate assistant under the supervision of Greg Davis.
After his time at Texas Lutheran as an assistant, he joined Sam Houston State, this time not as an assistant but as a wide receivers coach. His time at Sam Houston State paid off as he led the Bearkats to two different competitions – the Southland Conference Championship and the NCAA Division I-AA playoffs.
He also coached Jonathon Cooper, who was named NCAA Division I-AA Wide Receiver of the Year, he also produced All-Conference Receivers each season and a total of three All-American Wide Receivers.
After four seasons in the state of Houston, Herman joined the state of Texas in 2005 as an offensive coordinator. He was with them for two seasons and led them to the Southland Conference. Under him, the team also made their first appearance in Division I-AA, finishing eighth in the points standings nationwide.
In 2007, he left Texas for Rice, where he served as offensive coordinator and quarterback coach. During his time on the team, the team was ranked in the top 10 nationally in passing.
Following his departure from Rice, Tom Herman also served as an offensive coordinator and quarterback coach in the state of Iowa. As in Rice, Herman brought life to the team, and during his stay in Iowa the team’s offense improved tremendously and the team broke numerous records.
He also served as offensive coordinator and quarterback coach at Ohio State, head coach at Houston, and head coach at Texas. With him as a coach, Texas scored a 33-16 win over Missouri in the Texas Bowl, its first win since 2013, and its first Bowl victory since 2012.
In 2015, Herman was named American assistant coach of the year.
Salary, Net Worth
Tom’s current base salary is $5 million per year since he signed a five-year contract as head coach in Texas. With a base salary of $28.75 million, with a minimum of $25 million guaranteed, the Longhorns coach takes home a total of $5.25 million per year.
If he remains the Longhorns coach until December 2019, he will receive an additional $1 million. His other potential bonuses include $100,000 for winning a Big 12 championship and $250,000 for winning a national title.
Herman’s net worth is currently estimated at $12 million.
Tom Herman is happily married to Michelle and the couple is blessed with three children – a daughter, Priya, and two sons, Maddock and Maverick. His son Maverick was named after the character of Tom Cruise from the 1986 film “Top Gun”.
Full Name: Thomas Joseph Herman III
Date Of Birth: June 2, 1975
Place of Birth: Cincinnati
Experiences: Texas Lutheran, Sam Houston State, Iowa State, Rice
Salary/Net Worth: $5 million/$ 12 million
Marital Status: Married
Spouse: Michelle Herman