Marshall University reaches agreements with Hamrick, Holliday

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Marshall University reaches agreements with Hamrick, Holliday
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Marshall University today announced it has agreed in principle with both athletic director Mike Hamrick and head football coach John “Doc” Holliday on new contract terms that include increased compensation and six-year contracts.

The exact terms of the contracts will be finalized over the next several weeks.

“We are indeed pleased to have secured Mike Hamrick and Coach Holliday as our athletic director and head coach for the long term,” said Michael G. Sellards, chairman of the Marshall University Board of Governors. “They have both done outstanding work in their respective jobs and their commitment to Marshall University and the success of our student-athletes both on and off the field is truly commendable. We look forward to continued success in the coming years.”

A Marshall graduate and former football player, Hamrick returned to his alma mater as director of athletics in July 2009. He has led a transformation of the university’s athletics programs, including heading up the Vision Campaign that provided Marshall with one of the best collegiate soccer complexes in the country. In addition, with the new Chris Cline Athletic Complex, all 350 of Marshall’s student-athletes have access to one of the country’s finest collegiate indoor athletic complexes, including a 120-yard football field and 300-meter track, a sports medicine institute, an academic center and a hall of fame.

Under Hamrick’s leadership, Marshall student-athletes have excelled in the classroom. In the 2013-14 school year, 157 Marshall student-athletes were named to the Conference USA Academic Honor Roll with grade point averages of 3.0 or better, and 37 earned C-USA Commissioner’s Academic Medals for posting cumulative GPAs of 3.75 or better.

Hamrick is responsible for securing four home-and-home football contracts with Purdue, Louisville, North Carolina State and Pittsburgh. All four teams are members of the Power 5 conferences. The Thundering Herd also will play host to the Naval Academy, which will mark the first time a military academy football  program has played in Huntington.

The Clendenin native served as athletic director at University of Nevada, Las Vegas, for six years before returning to Marshall. Prior to that, he was athletic director at East Carolina University and University of Arkansas Little Rock, and assistant athletic director at Illinois State University and the University of Kansas.

Holliday was named Marshall’s head coach on Dec. 17, 2009, in his first collegiate head coaching job. A native of Hurricane, he has more than 30 years of collegiate coaching experience, including previous stops at the University of Florida, North Carolina State University and West Virginia University.

His 2014 team (13-1) won the school’s first C-USA Championship and the inaugural Boca Raton Bowl. The bowl was the Thundering Herd’s third postseason appearance in the last four years. Holliday is 3-0 in postseason bowl games and took home this year’s C-USA Coach of the Year award. Last week, he was named the Gazette-Mail Sportsman of the Year.

Holliday ended this season with a 40-25 record at Marshall. His teams won 19 of their last 20 games.
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