"We're really honored and humbled," Herb said. "There are so many outstanding people that have been a part of CMU's rich history. To be included and honored among them, we're very appreciative."
Herb has posted the most wins as a coach in both CMU and Mid-American Conference history, with a record of 110-55-10 overall. Deromedi joined Roy Kramer's staff at CMU as an assistant in 1967. He was promoted to defensive coordinator in 1969, a position he held when the Chippewas won the NCAA Division II national championship in 1974.
Herb succeeded Kramer as head football coach in 1978. He served as head coach at CMU from 1978-93, leading the Chippewas to MAC titles in 1979, 1980 and 1990. He was named MAC Coach of the Year in 1980 and 1990 and is the only coach to win a MAC title in three different decades.
Two of the most significant wins in school history came with Herb on the sideline. He oversaw CMU's 20-3 win at No. 18 Michigan State University in 1991, then returned to East Lansing and led the Chippewas to a 24-20 win over the Spartans in 1992.
Herb's 12 years as director of athletics at CMU were highlighted by an extensive upgrade of the campus' athletic facilities. CMU won a total of 34 MAC championships during his tenure and claimed the MAC Institutional Academic Achievement Award eight times in a nine-year span.
Herb says he could not be more excited to wear his maroon and gold on his sleeve alongside his wife as Grand Marshals.
"Marilyn would always go to the parade with the kids and later the grandkids, but until a few years ago, I was working," Herb said. "This is a great way for us to show our Central pride and experience Homecoming together."
CMU will host Ball State Oct. 20 at 3:30 p.m. For a complete schedule of Homecoming events, visit the 2012 Homecoming homepage linked above.