Longtime Williamston Coach Herbie Rodgers dies at 64

Herbie Rogers, a great coach and competitor, passed away last week at the age of 64. Rogers was born the eldest of Joyce and the late Jesse Rogers, a schoolteacher, and a farmer on April 28th, 1958. He quickly grew to have a passion for football and baseball that later developed into anything requiring a competition (badminton, ping pong, Bocchi ball). He graduated from ECU with a degree in physical education where he would go on to meet his wife of 39 years, Debi. He taught in Currituck County before accepting a dream job at his Alma Mater, Williamston High School. He would go on to coach a variety of sports over his 30+ year career.

His love for his daughters, Caitlyn and Jesse Anne, led him to coaching volleyball and softball where he continued to shape great players and people. In 2017 he received the Charlie Adams Distinguished Service Award from the North Carolina High School Athletic Association for his devotion to Williamston and Riverside High School athletics. After “retiring” he continued to coach travel volleyball, help his son-in-law, Titus, coaching football at Omaha Christina Academy and offering coaching consultations to anyone who asked.

A memorial service will be held on Monday, April 4, 2022, at 2:00 PM, at Memorial Baptist Church with Rev. Robbie Parker and Rev. Jason Braswell officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Herbie Rogers Athletic Foundation (PO Box 1106, Williamston NC) or the Williamston Memorial Baptist Church Missions fund. 

Walker Funeral Home of Williamston is serving the Rogers family.