The San Antonio Spurs are bringing a Texas native back home with their hiring of former Florida strength and conditioning coach Matt Herring.
Herring, an Austin native, has served under Florida men's basketball coach Billy Donovan since 2004, which included Florida's back-to-back championships in 2006 and 2007.
“I’m very happy for Matt and his family,” Florida coach Billy Donovan said in a statement. “This is an opportunity with a great organization and a chance to be closer to his family.
“Matt has contributed a large part to our success here, and we appreciate what he’s invested in our program and our players over the last seven years.”
Hawks forward/center Al Horford credits Herring for turning him into a first round pick while at Florida and 2011 second round draft pick Chandler Parsons credits Herring for making an impact on his college career.
Herring certainly has big shoes to fill in replacing recently-retired and long time Spurs strength and conditioning coach Mike Brungardt. Aside from that, the NBA lockout should make things even more challenging.