Herring’s votes in round one totaled 21,526. He was outvoted by Phil Danaher, head coach at Corpus Christi Calallen, who garnered 38,856 votes.
Danaher will advance to the next round of voting and is one of 51 coaches across the country up for the best coach title.
“He is like a legend over there,” Refugio Superintendent Jack Gaskins said of Danaher. “But with all due respect to the other fine coaches in the competition, Refugio ISD believes that Jason Herring is the best coach in Texas,” Gaskins said.
“And we are proud that he is here working with our children,” he added.
Herring said he was “tickled pink to be one of the eight coaches picked” from Texas and he felt honored.
“I believe Texas has the best coaches in the country. To get more than 21,000 votes, I just want to say thank you to everybody,” he said.
Here’s a list of the eight Texas coaches and votes:
Phil Danaher, Calallen, Corpus Christi, 38,856; Jason Herring, Refugio, 21,526; Tom Nolen, Lamar, Houston, 18,785; Gary Joseph, Katy, 14,815; Jim Streety, San Antonio, Madison, 6,143; Joey McGuire, Cedar Hill, 5,779; Rusty Nail, Mart, 3,915; Randy Allen, Highland Park, Dallas, 96.