Bill Herkelman has been on the Kennedy baseball staff since the school opened in 1967.
The baseball field at Kennedy High School was officially named Herkelman Field, in honor of Bill “Herk” Herkelman, with a special event on Monday, June 2. The naming ceremony took place between the double-header games between Kennedy and Iowa City West.
Herkelman has been a member of the Kennedy baseball staff since the high school opened in 1967, taking a decade off from 1993-2003. He served as head coach from 1977-1992, winning over 300 games and taking two teams to the state tournament, including a final four trip in 1983. He is a member of the Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
“Kennedy is recognized as one of the top baseball programs in the state of Iowa; this is largely because of the contributions made by Coach Herkelman,” reads the nomination letter submitted to Superintendent Dr. Dave Benson by the Kennedy administration and nominating committee. “Every so often a unique individual crosses our path that has a profound and lasting impact on our life…. For the past 46 years, such an individual has touched the Kennedy High School Baseball Program.”
A parade of former and current Cougar baseball players participated in the field naming ceremony, which unveiled the new Herkelman Field sign, as well as an engraved stone on the wall behind home plate. Commemorative baseball cards were also distributed during the games and ‘Herk’ quotes were read from the press box between innings.