CLASS OF 2014
MATTHEW HERBST ‘85
Matt Herbst was a two sport athlete at Lyons playing three years of varsity baseball under coach Rod Verkey and two years of varsity football under Coach Chuck Meyers. He started in the outfield all three years of baseball earning First Team All-League his senior year. In football, Matt was one of only two underclassmen to start on defense his junior year. His senior year he played inside linebacker and fullback. Matt led the team in tackles and earned First Team All-League honors at linebacker and won the PUD award. He was also selected to play in the Eddie Meath All-Star game which was coached by fellow hall of famer and Ithaca alum Nick DerCola. After a year away from football studying at RIT, Matt decided, playing college football, and the chance to play against his brother (Greg), were two goals worth pursuing. He transferred to Ithaca College with the help of Coach Chuck Meyers, and played on the JV team his first year. After an offseason of strength and agility tests and being evaluated by the coaches, Matt was selected to become a member of the Ithaca College Varsity Football Team. In 1987, Matt was the back-up at the strongside inside linebacker position and was able to play against Greg when Ithaca played St Lawrence University.
In 1988, Matt became a starter and registered 70 tackles during the regular season. The NCAA Division III playoffs were another story. In four playoff games, Matt finished with 53 tackles and lead the team in every game. His most important contribution came in the first round against the defending national champion Wagner Seahawks. Matt had 14 tackles and two interceptions, the second coming with only 3:09 left in the game and Ithaca trailing by a touchdown. Ithaca went on to play in the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl, where they would bring home the Division III National Championship. Matt was encouraged by the coaches to come back for another year and proceeded to lead the team in tackles with 103, and to earn Honorary Defensive Captain, First Team ALL-ECAC, and Third Team Football Gazette All-America honors.
After graduating from Ithaca College with a Physics degree, Matt enrolled at Albany College of Pharmacy and graduated in 1995 with a BS in Pharmacy. He has been a pharmacist since 1995 and in 2011 established Herbst Pharmacy, Inc. in Port Byron, NY. Matt resides in Skaneateles, NY with his wife Julia and four children: Makenzi, Benny, Owen, and Kellen. To fulfill his continued desire for competitive sports, Matt has replaced his cleats with a pair of hockey skates and laces them up three days a week.