WV Public Broadcasting Staff
Fri March 14, 2014
Marshall Basketball Coach Tom Herrion Resigns
Marshall Basketball’s season ended last Wednesday night with a 73-58 loss to Old Dominion in the Conference USA basketball tournament. On Friday Head Coach Tom Herrion resigned.
The season ending loss capped an 11-22 season for Herrion and the Herd. Over the last two years Marshall was a combined 24-41 and in Herrion’s four years was 67-67 overall. After a discussion between Athletic Director Mike Hamrick and Herrion Friday morning, Herrion resigned his position as head coach. Hamrick said as much as Herrion was liked in the athletic department it was not working out.
“But at the end of the day the program wasn’t moving in the direction that both Tom and I thought it needed to move in,” Hamrick said. “Tom’s a class act, he’s a friend, he was loyal to Marshall University and he’ll be missed.”
Herrion will receive a buyout of 550,000 over two years paid through ticket revenue and private donations Hamrick said he expects more from the basketball program.
“We lost 22 basketball games, at the end of the day I believe we’ve lost more basketball games than in any 2-year period of the basketball program and it was frustrating to Tom and we were all frustrated and we just didn’t get the job done,” Hamrick said.
Hamrick said a national search will begin immediately for a new head coach to lead the basketball program.