Senior Gil Herold has committed to play volleyball at Concordia University, Irvine. The Friars' middle blocker shared, "I chose Concordia for many reasons, but the main reasons are its practical approach to teaching in its business department, it's close to home, and its beautiful campus." He continued, "I was specifically attracted to the volleyball program because of the way Coach Patchell and his staff run the team. They run it like a job in the sense that a freshman can play early if they work hard in practice and prove they can contribute."
Herold is a 3-year varsity letterman for the Friars, starting since his sophomore year. As a junior he tallied 92 blocks, third-most in a season for Servite and currently sits at 3rd overall with 172 career blocks with five games remaining in the regular season. He's also tallied 230 kills to date including 105 this season.
In addition, Herold was selected to wear the No. 17 jersey for his senior season in honor of Jonathan Schulte. An award given to commemorate this former Friars' life and encourage all players to live as he did, truly embodying the four D's of Servite: desire, dedication, discipline, and determination.
Servite Head Coach Matt Marrujo shared, "Gil has been one of our most consistent players on varsity the last three seasons. He has been the epitome of what it means to be a faith-filled leader actively striving to live out our Servite formation themes in his everyday life. I am extremely proud of everything Gil has accomplished during his time here at Servite and look forward to watching him continue his volleyball career at my alma mater Concordia University."Herold, who plans to study Business Administration/Management at Concordia, is also a member of the Campus Ministry committee at Servite serving as an altar server. In addition, he volunteers at his old junior high school helping coach basketball.
Herold is the second Friar from the senior class to commit to playing college volleyball joining Christian Oviedo who is also headed to Concordia.
Herold is very thankful for this opportunity and realizes that he wouldn't be where he is today without the support of those around him. He shared, "Mom and Dad, thank you for all of the late night drives, private lessons, club seasons, getting food after practice at 10 pm, staying up with me while I do my homework until 12 pm, pushing me, hanging out with me in between private lessons for basketball and practice for volleyball or vice versa, being with me during school visits, and for supporting me in my decisions. Love you guys!"
He went on to say, " Coach Marrujo and Coach Prager, thank you for believing in my athletic ability and molding that into the volleyball player I am today. Thank you for allowing me to stay in the Servite Volleyball program for all four of these years. Thank you Coach Prager for asking me to try out freshman year in the fall after one of your classes. Thank you Coach Marrujo for getting me into club volleyball and helping me get a lot better during that time. Thanks for teaching me everything I know about the game of volleyball and for teaching me to only block the balls that are in."
Servite would like to congratulate Gil on this exciting accomplishment and wish him the best as he concludes his senior season and looks to college.