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Whatever happened to Clifton ‘Pop’ Herring?

Chuck Carree
Herring and Jordan

Michael Jordan plays around with his high school basketball coach "Pop" Herring moments after signing with UNC-Chapel Hill. (StarNews file photo)

Clifton “Pop” Herring was Michael Jordan’s basketball coach at Laney High School in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

Herring was relieved of his duties as coach as a result of an illness shortly after Jordan left Laney to play basketball for the North Carolina Tar Heels.

Herring was a basketball standout at New Hanover High School and served as a Wildcats’ coach before taking over at Laney.

A well-liked man who was recognized as a wonderful coach, Herring can sometimes be seen walking the streets of Wilmington.

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