Coach Andy

Meet Coach Andy Herzer

Coach Herzer has been helping Rutherford youth learn basketball and life skills through First Shot since 2003. Most people know him as Coach Herzer from the 18 years he spent coaching the Division I basketball team at Middle State University and UNC-Asheville.

Coach Andy grew up in Garrett, Indiana, and basketball has always been a big part of his life. A four-year starter at Garrett High School, Coach Andy honed his skills by attending camps, individual workouts and countless hours of solitary practice.

The turning point in his life came when local sports writer Roger Gordon and his wife Betty afforded him an opportunity to attend the highly touted Carolina Basketball School. Under the influence of future North Carolina coach Roy Williams, Herzer’s skills and love of the game continued to grow. The reward for his hard work and dedicate was a fulfilling college career at UNC-Asheville and a lifelong relationship with Coach Jerry Green and the game of basketball.

Coach Andy founded First Shot in 2003 to follow his desire for giving back to the youth of Rutherford County – inspired by the kindness and memories of Roger and Betty Gordon.

He currently is the driving force behind First Shot’s Board of Directors and an inspiration to all of the kids in the community who attend the camps.