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Herman Byers

byers1Herman Byers is a member of the Reitz Football Hall of Fame Class of 2007 and was Reitz Football’s sixth head coach from 1942 to 1968. During that time, he compiled a 189-51-15 record.

Titles won at Reitz

Points of interest

  • Born on March 20, 1905 in Gentryville, Ind
  • Played on the 1921 Central High team that defeated Reitz 104-0
  • Graduated from Central in 1923
  • Played football at Indiana University and graduated in 1928
  • Coached at Boonville (2-4-1) and Goshen High Schools (42-50-5) for a career record of 233-105-21
  • Inducted into the Indiana Football Hall of Fame in 1973
  • Several of his sons played football at Reitz, including Jim Byers (also in the Reitz Football Hall of Fame)
  • Passed away Feb. 22, 1993
  • Football field in Reitz Bowl is named in his honor
  • Inducted posthumously into the inaugural class of the Greater Evansville Football Hall of Fame on Oct. 9, 2016

High School coaching record

Year Team Record Championships
Boonville High School (2-4-1, 1 year)
1928 Boonville 2-4-1
Goshen High School (42-50-5, 11 years)
1929 Goshen 8-0-1
1930 Goshen 4-5
1931 Goshen 4-3
1932 Goshen 5-3-1
1933 Goshen 2-6-1
1934 Goshen 4-4-1
1935 Goshen 7-2
1936 Goshen 1-7-1
1937 Goshen 2-8
1938 Goshen 4-4
1939 Goshen 1-8
Reitz High School (189-51-15, 27 years)
1942 Reitz 6-2 SIAC Champs
1943 Reitz 4-3-2
1944 Reitz 4-5
1945 Reitz 8-1 City Champs
1946 Reitz 7-0-2
1947 Reitz 8-1 SIAC & City Champs
1948 Reitz 10-0 State, SIAC & City Champs
1949 Reitz 6-3 SIAC & City Champs
1950 Reitz 6-3 SIAC & City Champs
1951 Reitz 2-5-2
1952 Reitz 8-1 SIAC & City Champs
1953 Reitz 10-0 State, SIAC & City Champs
1954 Reitz 6-4
1955 Reitz 9-1
1956 Reitz 9-0-1 State, SIAC & City Champs
1957 Reitz 10-0 State, SIAC & City Champs
1958 Reitz 7-2-1
1959 Reitz 4-6
1960 Reitz 9-0 State, SIAC A & City Champs
1961 Reitz 9-0 State, SIAC A & City Champs
1962 Reitz 8-0-1 SIAC A & City Champs
1963 Reitz 6-4
1964 Reitz 7-1-2
1965 Reitz 7-2-1 City Champs
1966 Reitz 4-4-2
1967 Reitz 9-1 SIAC A & City Champs
1968 Reitz 6-2-1
TOTAL (233-105-21, 39 years)

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