For Trumbull First Selectman
Working hard. Overcoming adversity. Making a difference. These are the qualities that define Mike Herbst. Mike lost his father in a car accident at the age of 3. Facing challenges at such an early age, Mike learned that with hard work, anything is possible. Mike was raised in Clinton, Connecticut where he graduated from Morgan High School in 1970. At Morgan he was a stand out on the soccer and track teams and earned the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest rank attainable in scouting.
With his family not having enough money to send Mike to college, he worked forty hours a week while attending school at the same time. It was there that he met his wife of 45 years. They would graduate from Southern Connecticut State University together in 1974 and marry two months later.
In 1975, eager to find work as a teacher, Mike began substitute teaching in Trumbull. He was offered a job in Wilton and about to take it, when a teacher and coach in Trumbull asked him if he had ever coached. The young substitute quickly said yes and would earn a job coaching for that same man – the late legendary football coach, Jerry McDougall. Soon after, Mike was hired as a teacher in Trumbull. At the age of 25, Mike was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. True to his grit and strong work ethic, Mike had his surgery on a Thursday and was back on the football field that Saturday coaching. Ironically, the man who gave him his first shot in the Trumbull Public Schools, Jerry McDougall, would be the man he would follow as the high school athletic director in 2001.
Mike taught Earth Science and Chemistry for several years at Madison Junior High School. In addition to Jerry McDougall, Mike credits Bob McCarthy, then principal of Madison Junior High School with being one of two mentors in the Trumbull Public School System that helped to shape his career. In 1987, after several years at Madison, Mike decided to follow his mentor Bob McCarthy to Trumbull High School. Mike would spend 27 years at Trumbull High School. Over a 38-year career with the Trumbull Public Schools, Mike would climb the ranks, as a teacher, coach, department chairman and later Athletic Director.
Upon his retirement from the Trumbull Public Schools, Mike became one of the founding members of the First Selectman’s Golf Classic, a not for profit charity dedicated to raising funds for student programs at Trumbull High School. Mike is also a former member of the Trumbull Town Council. Mike and his wife, Deborah, a retired elementary school principal have been forty-two-year residents of Trumbull. Their two adult children, Tim and Amanda, are both products of the Trumbull Public School System and today are both lawyers.
Mike Herbst holds a BS, MS and Sixth Year Certificate from Southern Connecticut State University.