Bob Heriges

Inducted 1987

Coach 6 Years (1947 – 1953)

    • Father Ryan High School (1947 – 1952)
      • Head Baseball
        • 1948 NIL City Champions
      • Assistant Football
      • Assistant Basketball
    • Hillsboro High School (1952 – 1953)
      • Assistant Football

TSSAA Official 21 Years (1947 - 1968)

    • Worked over a dozen of Nashville’s annual “Thanksgiving Day Clinic Bowls”
    • Worked eleven March of Dimes Christmas holiday basketball games
    • Officiated in the 1957 TSSAA Boys State Basketball Tournament at Vanderbilt
    • Officiated in the 1959 TSSAA Girls State Basketball Tournament at Lipscomb
    • Worked about 50 TSSAA District, Regional, and other tournaments between 1950 and 1967

TSSAA Supervisor of Officials 15 Years

President and Secretary Middle Tennessee Football Officials Association

President and Secretary Middle Tennessee Basketball Officials Association

  • Middle Tennessee football Officials Association presents the “Bob Heriges Sportsmanship Award” annually to a high school football team
  • In 1966 – 1967, he officiated more games than any official in the state
  • Helped to encourage good relations between white schools and black schools when the two races were merged into the state association
  • Officiated on collegiate level 15 years—Ohio Valley Conference
  • Ohio Valley Conference annually awards its head linesman with the “Bob Heriges Award”
  • Worked 11 straight games between Tennessee Tech and Middle Tennessee State University
  • Avid speaker on game rules and mechanics
  • Baseball Complex in Percy Warner Park named after him
  • Served as an American Legion Baseball coach
  • Long-time manager of high school-aged baseball teams in Nashville’s Larry Gilbert Junior League
  • At the time of his death, Mr. Heriges was coaching a 13 – 15 year old team in the Junior Knot-Hole League
  • Served as a baseball coach to the European team during the Korean War

Quote from Edgar Allen, fellow TSSAA Hall of Fame member and longtime scholastic sports writer at the Nashville Banner:

As a scholastic sports writer at the Nashville Banner for 22 years, I had ample opportunity to cover and witness countless games in both sports in which Heriges officiated and also a particularly close and keen observation of his coaching ability with young athletes and his selfless time and effort spent with seeking better relations between officials and school administrators and officials and spectators.”

Other 1987 Inductees

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