Ashland County Sports Hall of Fame
Ashland County Sports
Hall of Fame

Tom HerronTom Herron
Trustee Achievement Award
Nominated by Bill Rogers

Tom was born in Ashland and attended Montgomery Elementary School through the fifth grade. His family moved to town in 1953. He finished his sixth grade at Arthur Street School. The following year Little League Baseball started up in Ashland. He was fortunate to be selected to play for Kastan's Jewelers playing for Manager Eddie Farris. Pony League began the next year and for two years he played for team sponsor, Myers Pumps. Being a team leading hitter, he was selected each year to the All-Star Team. During his high school years, under Coach Bud Plank, his primary sport was baseball in the spring and American Legion ball in the summer. He graduated from Ashland High School in 1959. Continuing with his enthusiasm for summer youth sports, he managed Pony League baseball for seven years. Also during the 1960's and early 1970's he played fast pitch softball for the Red Barn, VFW and Myers teams. For two years he was the Faultless Rubber Softball team official scorekeeper and statistician.

While attending Ashland College and working full time, he was also a member of the Ohio Air National Guard for nine years serving a total of 16 months of active duty. Tom graduated from Ashland College in 1969 with a Bachelors of Science in Business Management. Tom has been involved in fundraising since 1986 while serving as the Alumni Annual fund Director at Ashland University. Tom retired from Ashland University in 2005. He now volunteers at the Senior Citizens Center and serves on the board of Trustees. He also helps with the monthly dinners and does chair canning restoration at the Center.

Tom became involved with ACSHOF in 1990. Joining efforts with Bill Mills, together they contacted many local businesses seeking their support for the Hall of Fame. For 20 years, Tom has coordinated fundraising mailings to HOF members, businesses and friends. Through his efforts the Bill Mills Scholarship was created in 1994 and the first scholarship was awarded in 1996. Tom and his scholarship committee, through the years have evaluated over 500 student applications. To date over $30,000 has been awarded to 44 Ashland County high school seniors. With the assistance of HOF officers and members at large for the past 20 years, he has also coordinated local fundraising events and mailings to HOF members, businesses and friends to generate funds to offset operating costs for bi-ennial induction program and the annual Bill Mills Scholarship awards.

Tom and his wife, Chris, are members of Grace Brethren Church, serving on several committees. They are parents of four children; Jodie Dingus (Lindsey) of Loudonville; Scott (Alison) of Bentonville, Arkansas; Tammy Higgins (Jarrod) of Ashland and Emily of Tiffin. They have seven grandchildren with the eighth grandchild expected in September.

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