Where are they now?
Former Volunteer, Brad Heuring, now assistant principal in Herrin
Editor’s Note: This is the second in a series of features of former John A. Logan College athletes, who chose to make their home here in Southern Illinois after completing their education.
BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services
CARTERVILLE – A local school administrator got his roots in education at John A. Logan College.
Herrin Middle School assistant principal Brad Heuring came to Logan from Haubstadt, Ind. in the mid-1990s on a baseball scholarship to play for the Volunteerrs and has never left the area.
A righthanded pitcher in his playing days, Heuring said he has only fond memories of his time at Logan.
“It was a good school for me to attend. If it were a four-year school, I probably would have stayed and gotten my bachelor’s degree there,” he said. “I enjoyed playing baseball for Jerry Halstead. He was a positive influence on me, as well as the other players.”
Heuring transferred to SIUC upon graduating JALC and pitched one year before undergoing Tommy John surgery.
“That’s pretty much how my career ended,” he said. “I figured it was time to start focusing on academics and getting a job.”
Heuring majored in education at SIUC and landed his first teaching job in the Century school district in Ullin in 2000. He spent the next two years at Thompsonville before getting hired at Herrin Middle School as a health and physical education instructor in the fall of 2003.
“I replaced Kurt Endebrock who accepted a position as assistant principle to Steve Robinson at the middle school,” Heuring said. “A few years later in the fall of 2007, and after obtaining my master’s degree in educational administration, Kurt moved on to the Regional Superintendent of Schools office and I was offered his position as assistant principal. I’ve held that position since that time and am now in the process of pursuing my doctorate from Eastern Illinois University.”
Heuring, who is divorced, is raising three children, Kaylee (senior at HHS); Braden (freshman at HHS) and Keegan (fifth-grader at Unity Christian School).
“I’ve lived in Herrin since 1998 and figure to be here for a good while longer,” Heuring said. “Making the decision first to go to Logan, then SIU and then Herrin have all turned out to be excellent choices for me. I appreciate the opportunities I have received along the way. Without those, I may not have been able to stay in this area.”
An active member of the Herrin Elks Lodge, Heuring stays connected with Logan athletics through fundraising events such as the annual fish fry dinner hosted by the lodge.
Halstead said Heuring did an “outstanding job” as a member of the Vols.
“He was a workhorse for us and was able to turn his good work here into a scholarship at SIU, where he was a major contributor. I’m really glad Brad has been able to stay in the area. It’s gratifying to me to see him enjoy so much success in his chosen field of education. I have no doubt that he will continue to be successful in life.”