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Marshall Basketball Coach Agrees To Resign After Meeting With Athletic Director

Reported: Mar. 14, 2014 11:06 AM EDT
Updated: Mar. 14, 2014 3:12 PM EDT
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (Jeff Morris) -- Marshall University Athletic Director Mike Hamrick said Friday that Head Men's Basketball Coach Tom Herrion decided to resign after the two men met to discuss the program.

During a news conference, Hamrick said he met earlier with Herrion and they each gave their thoughts on the struggling basketball program, which went 67-67 during Herrion's four-year tenure.

"At the end of the meeting, Tom announced his decision he was resigning his position as basketball coach," Hamrick said.

The athletic director said the search for a new coach will begin immediately.

"We are looking for someone who can win; someone who can win the right way," Hamrick said.

Hamrick said there have been "some issues" with the basketball program.

"I have high expectations. I sensed this year there was not a lot of energy in our program, and I sensed there was apathy in our fan base," he said.

Hamrick said the success of the basketball program is integral to the success of athletics at Marshall. He said there have been strides made in making improvements to the basketball program, citing upgrades that have been made to the basketball locker room and the cleaning up of the Henderson Center. He also said the salaries of the basketball coaches are competitive in Conference USA.

"We can be successful in basketball. We can be competitive in basketball. The Henderson Center can be a great place for Marshall basketball," Hamrick said.




HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (Mark Martin, Jeff Morris) -- Eyewitness News has learned that Marshall University Head Men's Basketball Coach Tom Herrion is leaving the program.

School officials have a news conference planned at 1:45 p.m. Friday to make the announcement. Eyewitness News will live stream the news conference live on our website.

The men's basketball program has struggled over the past four years during Herrion's tenure with a 67-67 record. This year the Herd finished 11-22.



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