Marshall coach Doc Holliday has assembled a team that would probably beat the Tar Heels right now, and wide receiver Tommy Shuler is only the eighth receiver in major-college football history to have back-to-back 100-catch seasons. Can you imagine adding Switzer to the stable of receivers in Bill Legg's offense?
Hereford was a 1965 graduate of St. Albans High School who then joined the Air Force and became a world-class marathon runner. He competed in the 1968 and 1972 U.S. Olympic Trials against eventual gold medalist Frank Shorter.
Hereford ran the Boston Marathon four times and once held the North Carolina marathon record. He taught school in eastern North Carolina for almost 30 years before retiring in 2003 and returning to St. Albans.
At Hereford's funeral, legendary St. Albans basketball coach Tex Williams recalled that he also coached boys cross country for the Red Dragons. Since he knew little about training distance runners, he had asked Hereford to design a training program for him. Following Hereford's plan, Williams laid the foundation for a St. Albans cross country program that won state championships in 1968, 1972, 1973, 1974 and 1976.
It was not headline news when our area lost Hereford on Dec. 15, but he was an important part of our state's athletic history.
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