DEVON HERRMAN PROVIDES US WITH SOME LION LEADERSHIP INSIGHT
COMMERCE, Texas – Senior Forward Devon Herrman finishing up her final season with the Lions took some time to give us some perspective on her approach to being a successful soccer leader. Herrman transferred over from Southern Methodist University to provide an amazing spark to the Lions team for the last 3 seasons.
The Lion's are coming off two tough losses against the top two teams in the Conference so what is the mentality going into the final game of the season?
Losing two games in a row and two home games at that is really tough, and it is the first time that we have lost at home in conference all year. We knew going in that they were going to be tough games. Coach Piper had nothing but great things to say because we are playing well we just aren't scoring goals. We aren't disappointed in the way we play, but we are disappointed in the result and hopefully that will change in the Conference Tournament.
What are you expecting from Texas Woman's heading into your final home game?
Losing is definitely not an option, we have to win this game this Friday it says a lot about us and our program if we don't. Texas Woman's is not even in the conference tournament so they are playing with nothing to lose. It can be a little bit scary because you don't know what to expect because it could be a reckless game. We are going to bring our A-game and hopefully win in style.
What is your approach to leadership?
Honestly, I'm more there to instruct the girls more than anything. We have a very young and inexperienced team. In fact, we don't even have a junior class. It literally goes freshman, sophomores, and then four seniors. Coach Piper has put it on us to let the younger players know this is how it is done.
What attracted you to transfer to A&M-Commerce?
After my freshman year and having a Division 1 experience it just wasn't all that it cracked up to be, and I had a couple friends here on the team and the year before I got here they went to the sweet 16. I heard nothing but great things about the team and Coach Piper. I called Evan and Jordan McCarty who I played club soccer with and told them I was interested in transferring and they told me to come for a visit, and it just felt right when I came for my visit and it was a great fit for me.
What is your personal rival in the Lone Star Conference?
It would have to be Eastern New Mexico. We have struggled with them this year quite a bit. We tied with them one time after controlling the entire game, and then lost to them the second time. Compared to them talent wise they are not there with us, but they are just feisty and they are a hard team to play. We lower our skill level to their and don't play them well. They are a tough team to play because you never know what the result is going to be. Rivalry wise, I love playing Abilene Christian and Midwestern because I want to play tough games.
What are your plans after you graduate?
I am thinking about going to graduate school and continuing my education in Sports Management or Sports Administration. I really want to join the field of college athletics and become some type of an administrator. I would ideally like to do what Judy Sackfield (Academic Advisor for Texas A&M University-Commerce) I would like to work with student athletes and work hands on with numerous sports. I am currently applying for numerous scholarships and internships that will help me get to where I want go.
How has Coach Piper impacted you as a player?
I really have enjoyed Coach Piper. Coming in as a younger player is tough because he is intimidating because he's a screamer. You have to take him with a grain of salt because he's a great coach and we have a great time at practice and a great time during games. He just wants to win like we all do. He loves the game and he is passionate about the game, and if you share that same passion then you will love the sport and playing for him.