Jesse Herrmann came from Sabetha, Kansas, to begin his freshman year at Tabor College in the fall of 1991. Jesse graduated in the spring of 1995, with a Bachelor of Arts degree and secondary teaching certificate in Mathematics.
While at Tabor, Jesse participated in basketball four years and lettered each year. His freshman year, he was named the KCAC Freshman-of-the-Year and KCAC Honorable Mention. During Jesse's sophomore year, he was a unanimous KCAC All-Conference selection. His junior season of basketball competition, Jesse led the team as a team captain, was again a unanimous KCAC All-Conference selection, an NAIA All-America Honorable Mention and was named Tabor College Male-Athlete-of-the-Year.
Also during Jesse's junior season of basketball, the team finished conference play as KCAC Conference Champions and, for the first time in school history, advanced to the NAIA Division II National Tournament at Northwest Nazarene College, in Nampa, Idaho. They defeated Black Hills State University in the first round of the tournament. Jesse converted a 3 point play towards the end of the game which put the Jays up by 4 with 15 seconds to play. Jesse finished the game with 15 points. In the second round of tournament play, Tabor was defeated by Willamette University who were the defending champions.
Jesse once more filled the role of team captain his senior year playing basketball for Tabor College. He was again named KCAC All-Conference and finished the season ranked 19th in the nation among NAIA Division II players in field goal percentage at 61.2 percent. Jesse still holds the distinct honor of being the leading scorer and rebounder in Tabor College men's basketball history with 1,581 career points and 789 career rebounds.
Since graduating from Tabor College, Jesse has earned his master degree from Wichita State University in Curriculum and Instruction. Jesse has also been a math teacher at the High School level for 15 years. He taught for one year at Wichita West High School, 4 years at Andover High School, and 10 years at Andover Central High School.
Jesse was a junior varsity basketball coach at Andover High for 2 years and became the head basketball coach at Andover High in the fall of 1997. He coached there for 4 years before taking over the new basketball program at Andover Central High in the fall of 2001. In Jesse's 13 years as a head coach, his teams have won 7 league championships and made 8 state tournament appearances; having finished 4th twice, 3rd twice, and runner-up once. His career coaching record is 220-89. Jesse has been named the AVCTL Div. 3 Coach-of-the-Year the past 2 seasons.
In 1995, Jesse married Shelly Glace.
Jesse Herrmann is a true "superstar" in the history of Tabor College basketball. We honor him tonight as a member of the Tabor College Athletic Hall of Fame.