HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Marshall athletics director Mike Hamrick didn’t like the feeling inside the Cam Henderson Center as the 2013-14 season drew to a close and The Herd struggled to reach double-digit wins for the second straight season.

After Marshall limped to an 11-22 finish, coach Tom Herrion submitted his resignation Friday morning, ending a four-year tenure. He was 67-67 overall but just 22-41 the past two years.

“At the end of the day the program wasn’t moving in the direction that both Tom and I thought it should move in,” Hamrick said during a news conference Friday afternoon. “Tom is a classy guy. He’s a friend. He was loyal to Marshall University.”

Marshall’s season ended Wednesday night with a 73-58 loss to Old Dominion in the second round of the C-USA tournament.

“After meeting with Mike earlier today, I have decided that it is in the best interest of all parties that I resign my position as head basketball coach at Marshall University,” Herrion said. “I greatly appreciate the opportunity that was given to me and will cherish the last four years and the many great people I have met and the memorable moments we achieved. My family and I have enjoyed being a part of the Marshall and greater Huntington community. We wish the entire Thundering Herd Nation great success moving forward.”

The final two years of the Tom Herrion era were a stark contrast to the first two.

During his first season the Herrion led Thundering Herd to an invitation to the CollegeInsider.com Tournament. The next season, Marshall caught fire in the Conference USA Tournament beating Tulsa in a magical triple-overtime game and then rival Southern Miss to reach its first ever C-USA Tournament Championship game. Marshall earned a bid to the postseason NIT.

The 2012-13 began with talk of The Thundering Herd being a top-25 program and a threat to Memphis’ stranglehold on the league. However, Marshall never met those expectations and instead spiraled downward, losing 41 games over the last two seasons.

“I have high expectations,” said Hamrick. “I sensed this year there was not a lot of energy in our program and I sensed apathy in our fan base. There was a lot of apathy within our program.”

“We were all at the games in February and March. We saw the crowds. We saw the lack of enthusiasm in that building. That’s not how you build a program and Tom and I discussed that.”

Hamrick said a nationwide search will start immediately to find a successor but declined to comment on possible candidates.

“We have to bring the energy back to Thundering Herd basketball and we have to find the right guy to do that,” he said.

Herrion still has two years remaining on his contract and will be paid a buyout of around $550,000. Hamrick said the buyout will be paid with private funds and ticket revenue.

“Tom gave Marshall everything he had, but sometimes things just don’t work out. At the end of the day we lost 22 basketball games,” Hamrick said.

“Basketball is critical to the success of our athletics program. We have to successful in basketball and I believe we can.”

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Comments

  • Rick

    How about Mike Carey.....looks like he should be coaching WVU men's team.

  • Jean

    I'm sorry to see Tom Herrion go. When you come right down to it, a coach's job is to make his kids do the best they are capable of, both athletically and academically. I think he did that.

    Marshall is not the greatest university, and Marshall's fans and supporters are not the greatest in the country either. As a result, Marshall's athletic programs sit firmly in the middle of the pack, and Tom Herrion and his boys are a pretty good match.

    Tom Herrion has been sacrificed on the altar of unwarranted ambition!

  • Yowza

    Resigned??? He was fired!

  • Aaron

    The biggest problem with Marshall Basketball is Marshall Football. Marshall Footballs jump from the Southern to the MAC and then to Conference USA has killed their other sports.

  • Concerned Marshall Fan

    Im a graduate of Marahall undergrad and grad school. I have always loved Marshall. That being said, it's time to just give up the basketball program. It's a laughing stock and is hemorrhaging money. It's also downright embarrassing.

  • derek

    Bruce Pearl Seth Greenberg to great coaches.

  • jay zoom

    Jeff t -- I'm a retired coal miner never been on welfare in my life that includes unemployment as well. was a FBI agent for 9 years as well.

    • Saye Watt

      The fact that you claim to be a former FBI agent is very, very scary. Do you ever read your posts on here? If someone of your intelligence level (I won't say low because this may not get posted, but...) can land a job with the FBI, that's very, very, scary.

  • Jeff t

    Not sure why he was fired, he hasn't done any worse than any other MU coach in the past 26 years as that's how long it's been since MU played in the NCAA tourney.

  • RPP

    If they weaken the schedule in basketball like they have in football they will win some games.

    • richard

      omg, how much more can you weaken a schedule? its pretty terrible now. they would have to get games with small college teams to soften it much more.

  • jay zoom

    thanks for the comment Richard. I don't deny he is a hall of fame coach. I'm just going by the last two years and years to come THANKS OLLIE

  • richard

    PATRICK BEILIEN WOULD BE GREAT!!!! THIS WOULD BE A GREAT HIRE MARSHALL!!!!

  • jay zoom

    my vote goes to BOB HUGGINS he's a loser and so is marshall

    • richard

      jay zoom.....you are a loser for saying such a thing. huggins is not a loser. he is a hall of fame coach who has won everywhere he has coached. whats with people like you who feel the need to cut people down all the time? i bet you are a horrible co-worker. trouble maker i would say. you are the type nobody wants to be round. so glad i don't know you. you are the type of person i would get rid of in my life. a cancer that brings others down.

      • Jeff t

        Do you actually think jay zoom has a job? He is on welfare and uses our tax dollars on Internet service so he can say stupid things about those who have actually accomplished something in life.

  • Bross

    As a WVU fan, I just want to say, here is a quarter Tom, call someone that cares!

    • Aaron

      Why comment then? Seems like a pretty classless act to me. Am I wrong?

  • Mike

    What Coach would want to coach this train wreck.MU will never get a "name" coach.

    • Bill

      As a WVU fan I would hate to see'em go but Huggins would be a great fit for Marshall.

      • Aaron

        Seems to me there was speculation regarding Huggins when he was fired at Cincinnati. There line of thinking was taht Huggy Bear could bring Bill Walker, OJ Mayo and others to Huntington and compete for a national championship. The previous AD stuck by Jirsa. Maybe that's why Hamrick has his job now.

  • Larry

    Just think how much taxpayer money has been wasted here. Marshall basketball has to lose money, then you factor in that they are going to pay him a half million not to coach, it's incredible. I don't buy for a second that this will be paid by "private" money.