Jay Herkelman
Jay Herkelman
Title: Head Men's Basketball Coach
Phone: 620-252-7117
Email: herkelman.jay@coffeyville.edu


  • A.A., Southeastern Community College
  • B.A., University of Dubuque
  • M.S., Fort Hays State University

Awards, Honors, & Certifications:

  • Region VI Coach of the Year: 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2011, 2013, and 2018
  • Kansas Basketball Coaches Association Coach of the Year: 1996, 2002, 2004, 2006, and 2007
  • KJCCC Coach of the Year 13 times: 1996, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009 , 2012, 2013, 2015, 2018.


Jay Herkelman has been the head men’s basketball coach at Coffeyville Community College since 1995. In 23 years as the head coach at CCC, Herkelman has a career mark of 603-181 (.769 winning percentage). Herkelman won his 600th career game with a win over Cowley at home on Feb. 26th, 2018.

In December 2010, Herkelman became the winningest coach in Jayhawk Conference history when he won his 405th career game with a win at Independence. Coach Herklemann looks to become the winningest coach in Region VI history in 2018-19 season. Currently he ranks second in Region VI history, trailing only Francis Flax who retired from Brown Mackie College in Salina in 2015 with 621 wins. The Ravens have won 14 Jayhawk Conference titles in the past 18 years including the 2018 Season.

The 2017-18 season was another special one for Coffeyville. The Ravens won the regular season Conference Championship, the Region VI Tournament, and had their ninth appearence at the NJCAA National Tournament under the direction of Herkelman. The 2018 season was also special for Herkelmann personally, he was inducted into the NJCAA Hall of Fame in Las Vegas, NV on May 18th, 2018.

In 2016-2017 season, the Ravens reached the NJCAA Tournament again after winning the KJCCC Tournament in a buzzer beater against Hutchinson.  The Ravens finished 22-13 on the year.

In 2012-2013, Herkelman led the Ravens to a third straight Jayhawk East title. The Ravens went undefeated in conference play, finishing with an 18-0 mark. The Ravens completed the season with a 32-3 overall record including an appearance in the NJCAA National Tournament. The Ravens won their opening tournament game against Walters State (Tenn.) before losing in the second round to East Georgia. 

In 2011-2012, Herkelman led the Ravens to a 28-4 record and their second straight Jayhawk East title.  In the 2010-2011 season, Herkelman led the Ravens to a 33-5 season, a sixth Region VI championship in a ten year period, and a fifth place finish at the NJCAA National Tournament. 

Herkelman’s 2009-2010 team finished the year 22-12 and placed second in the Region 6 Tournament. In 2008-2009, he led the Ravens to their eighth conference championship in nine years, compiling a 15-3 mark in the Jayhawk East.

Under his guidance, the Ravens won seven straight conference championships from 2001 to 2007. In 2006-2007, he led the Ravens to their fifth Region 6 Championship in six years. The team went on to win three games in the national tournament and placed third. Overall, the Ravens finished 33-5, their second straight season with a 33-5 record. The previous season in 2005-2006 Red Ravens also won three games at the national tournament and placed seventh.

He led his 2001-02 squad to a 36-2 record and a second place finish in the NJCAA National Tournament, losing by one point in the championship game. In 2002-2003, the Ravens were 29-9, won the Region VI championship for the second straight year and placed eighth in the NJCAA National Tournament. In 2003-2004, the Ravens finished 31-7 and placed fifth at the national tournament. Herkelman has been named the Region VI Coach of the Year in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006 2007, 2011, 2013, and 2018. Herkelman has also been named the KJCCC Division Coach of the Year fourteen times: 1996, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009,  2012, 2013, 2015, 2017 and 2018. He was also named Kansas Basketball Coaches Association Coach-of-the-Year in 1996, 2002, 2004, 2006 and 2007.

A native of Clinton, Iowa, Herkelman was a two-year starter at Southeastern Community College in Burlington, Iowa, from 1981-83. After being recruited by the University of Dubuque (Iowa), he played two successful seasons for the Spartans. After his playing career concluded, Herkelman coached at the University of Dubuque for two seasons and then went to Fort Hays State where he earned his master’s degree.

Following Fort Hays State, Herkelman made coaching stops at Eastern New Mexico University and Northeastern Oklahoma A & M before taking on the head coaching duties at Coffeyville Community College in 1995. He has had numerous players in his career at Coffeyville Community College move on to four-year colleges and universities. One notable athlete under Herkelman’s leadership was Reggie Evans. Evans retired from the NBA in 2015, Evans played for seven different teams over his 13 year NBA career.

Herkelman and his wife Leslie have three daughters: Abbie, 23, Emma, 20, and Halle, 16.