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Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Fort Thomas Community Saddened by News of Former Highlands Coach Herrmann’s Passing

Former Head Football Coach Bill Herrmann at Highlands High School

by Robin Gee

Former Highlands High coach and educator Wilbur “Bill” Herrmann, age 85, has died. He coached four different sports from 1959 to 1983 and taught school at Highlands for more than 30 years.

Best known as the head football coach with an outstanding record of 81 wins and 18 losses over eight seasons, he led the team to three state football titles in 1977, 1981 and 1982. His 25-year coaching career also included baseball, basketball and track. As baseball coach he guided the team to a regional championship in 1965 and then on to state semi-finals where they beat top-ranked Madison Central 8-2 in the opening round. The Bluebirds team that year was the first from Highlands to win a game in a state baseball tournament.

In 2018, he was inducted into the Highlands Athletics Hall of Fame, the most recent of numerous titles and awards he earned over the years, including induction into the Northern Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame and being honored as a Kentucky Colonel.

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Herrmann also served one term on the Fort Thomas City Council and was active in his church, Christ Church United Church of Christ in Fort Thomas and in his unions, the Kentucky Education Association, the National Education Association and the Campbell County Retired Teachers Association. 

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A longtime Fort Thomas resident, he leaves behind his wife, Virginia, his son, Gregory and two grandsons. His son Michael passed away in 2014. At his induction ceremony, he noted he was fortunate to have been able to coach both of his sons when they were at Highlands.

The visitation is public and will be held from 9 to 11 a.m., Friday, Oct. 23, at Christ Church UCC, 15 S. Fort Thomas Avenue in Fort Thomas. The funeral ceremony will be private. Burial will take place in the Evergreen Cemetery in Southgate, Kentucky.

Send memorials to the Christ Church UCC or to Hospice of the Bluegrass Care Navigators, 1733 Harrodsburg Road, Lexington, Kentucky 40504. Online condolences can be shared on the Dobbling, Muehlenkamp-Erschell website.

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