MU swim coach steps down

October 10, 2018

HUNTINGTON—Marshall University women’s swimming diving head coach Bill Tramel resigned, the athletic department announced Monday.

Tramel said in a HerdZone.com release it was the hardest decision he ever had to make.

“I want to thank everyone in the Marshall University athletics family for their friendship and support during my time in Huntington,” Tramel said. “I specifically want to thank (athletic director) Mike Hamrick and (senior woman administrator) Beatrice Crane Banford for their support during this difficult time. I will always cheer for the Thundering Herd and that is part of what makes this the hardest decision I’ve ever had to make but it’s clear that my priorities need to be with my family right now.

“We are very proud of what we accomplished over the past six years. I will always be our student-athletes’ biggest fan and will treasure the memories that we’ve shared together.”

Marshall set numerous team and individual marks under Tramel’s leadership while also maintaining high academic standards.

Hamrick said the department will work quickly to identify a new head coach who shares the same commitment to excellence.

The 2018-19 season opens Friday and Saturday when Marshall hosts the West Virginia Games in Fitch Natatori-um in Cam Henderson Center.

Men’s soccer

HUNTINGTON — Purdue University Fort Wayne visits Marshall for a 5 p.m. Tuesday non-conference men’s soccer match at Veterans Memorial Soccer Complex. The game is a live broadcast on beIN Connect. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children age 3 to 12.

Marshall (3-5-2) dropped its last contest at East Tennessee State, 2-1.

“I’m looking for a response from the lads after last week’s capitulation at ETSU ” Marshall head coach Chris Grassie said in a release. “Fort Wayne provides a good opportunity to do this, as last year we lost to them up in Fort Wayne in a match we had every opportunity to win. So, we need to prove we are better than last week, and prove that we are improving from last year.”

The Mastodons step out of the Summit League with a 6-5-1 record.

Men’s golf

BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. — Marshall completed the first round and most of the second round Monday at the Mountaineer Invitational men’s golf tournament at Pete Dye Golf Club when play was suspended because of darkness.

Marshall was last among 14 teams at the end of round one at 32-over-par 302. West Virginia University had the lead at 1-over 289 followed by James Madison (294), Davidson (296), Winthrop (297) and Eastern Kentucky (298).

Sawyer Mills from Winthrop led the field with a 4-under 68. Max Sear from WVU is tied for second after shooting 69.

Cole Moore lead the Thundering Herd with a 78. Kyle Mitchell shot 79, Matt Hoffman 80, Cameron Root 83 and Thomas Frazier 84.

Play is scheduled to resume at 8 a.m. Tuesday to finish the second round and the final round will follow.

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