Brian Hermanson led the Washington Warrior football team to six straight DakotaDome appearances and three championships. Now, after a year away from the game, he's putting the headset back on. Hermanson has agreed to become the defensive coordinator for the Sioux Falls Storm and he can't wait to get started.
Hermanson created a dynasty at Washington making trips to Vermillion in November routine for the Warriors. With his son Matt playing ball at Montana, he decided to step away last February so he could spend more time watching the Griz. He couldn't stay away for long.
"When you do something for about 37 years of your life, or 40 years of your life, it's something that's hard to put away. With the opportunity presenting itself and working out the way it did, it's something I'm really excited about," Hermanson said.
Hermie will take over the Storm's "Thunder" defense. It's a position he held once before and while making the jump from high school to the IFL will be different, he's already been working with Storm players at the Sanford Fieldhouse.
"When I'm away from the building here, I'm going to put my heart and soul into it. Hopefully we can get another championship for the city of Sioux Falls and the Sioux Falls Storm," Hermanson said.
The franchise has seven to its name including the last three. He'll have plenty of talent at his disposal with the Storm bringing back several key players. This new opportunity is all he's focused on at this point but with his son one season away from graduating, more football could be in his future.
"Then when he finishes his career I can maybe look beyond what I'm going to do right now and see maybe this will open up some other doors for me. We'll see what happens," Hermanson said.
The Storm host the Nebraska Danger on February 21st.