Herrion heads to Arkansas after leaving ECU

Updated: April 18, 2005, 8:02 PM ET
Associated Press

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Two months after East Carolina asked Bill Herrion to step down as head coach, Arkansas coach Stan Heath announced Monday that the former Pirate would become a Razorback assistant.

"His intensity and enthusiasm impressed me," Heath said. "I was looking for someone with experience and possibly with head coaching experience. He fits that criteria."

Herrion was the head coach at East Carolina for the last six years with a 70-98 record. He took the program from membership in the Colonial Athletic Association into Conference-USA.

Before coming to East Carolina, Herrion spent eight seasons at Drexel, winning at least 20 games a season six times and making the NCAA Tournament three times. He wasn't able to duplicate that success with the Pirates, and the best he could do was 14-14 in 2000-01.

Herrion was 167-71 at Drexel. His career record in 14 years of head coaching is 237-169.

"I expect him to make an immediate impact," Heath said. "His teams have a history of being hard-nosed on defense. He also loves being in the gym so I can see him playing a key role with player development."

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